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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sixteen Ohio-bred trotting fillies will line up behind the Scioto Downs starting gate on Friday evening, July 14 in a pair of $40,000 harness racing Ohio Sires Stakes (OSS). Post time is 6:30 pm, ET. Featured as the second and third races on the program, these OSS events are the third round of action in the four-leg series for 3-year-old diagonally-gaited females. Leg one was held May 1 at Miami Valley Raceway, while Leg two was at Northfield Park on June 17. Leg Four is scheduled for Aug. 25 at Scioto Downs, with the $250,000 Championship set for Sept. 2 at this same oval. Ohio stallions represented in this pair of contests include Dejarmbo, with seven progeny; Triumphant Caviar with three; and Break The Bank K with two of his fillies competing. And Away We Go, Chip Chip Hooray, Iron Duke and Neely Dunn are represented by one filly each. As well, five of the 16 fillies are homebreds. Trainer Chris Beaver will harness two contestants in the first OSS (Race 2). Gabbysloosechange, who he owns in partnership with breeder Johanna Beaver of Deleon Springs, FL, captured the first two legs of this series easily with Danny Noble at the lines, in 1:57.2 (Leg 1) and 1:54.4 (Leg 2). The daughter of Triumphant Caviar-unraced at two-comes into this event with $48,500 in her coffers from four wins and a second in six starts. Beaver's other charge is Bamaslastchance, who was third and second respectively in the first two legs of this series. Bred by Vernon E. Miller, the Iron Duke filly has $100,861 in her bankroll and took a mark of 1:55.3 at Scioto on May 10. She's owned in partnership by Beaver, Radnor, OH; Synerco Ventures, ON; Steve Zeehandelar, Worthington, OH; and Mark Robinson, Lewis Center, OH, and starts from the seven-hole with Aaron Merriman in the sulky Hailing from the Marty Wollam stable is the hard-trying Purple Sona, a Dejarmbo filly who finished second and fifth in her previous OSS tests this year. A winner of $49,336 to date, Purple Sona was bred by the Double Spring Farm and is owned by Acadia Farms, Canfield, OH; Dale Sweet, Toledo, OH; and G&B Racing, New Wilmington, PA. She took a career mark of 1:56.3 at The Meadows earlier this season. Kurt Sugg drives from post four. Rose Run Sydney, undefeated in her last four starts-including both OSS legs-hails from post seven in the second OSS division (Race 3) with Jason Brewer at the controls. Trained by Steve Carter, the Triumphant Caviar lass has career earnings of $157,067 and will be trying for her 12 lifetime victory. Bred by the Rose Rune Farm, this brown filly-who sports a mark of 1:55.3 taken in OSS-Leg 2 at Northfield on June 17-is owned by Carter, Londonderry, OH; Adam Friedland, Brooklyn, NY; and Rbr Racing, Ashland, OH. Chim Swift, another Chris Beaver trainee, leaves from post six for driver Aaron Merriman. This homebred Triumphant Caviar filly won her first OSS leg in 1:57.3, and was second to stablemate Gabbyloosechange in the second OSS leg, clocked in 1:55. A winner of $143,970 lifetime for the partnership of Beaver and Wilbur Stoll Lang of Jamestown, OH, Chim Swift will be trying for career victory number five. Joyce McClelland's Let's Get Started has yet to regain the form that made her Ohio's 2016 Horse of the Year. After winning three OSS legs and the $250,000 OSS Championship, she won the $57,220 Ohio Breeders Championship at Delaware and was retired for the season with earnings of $243,910 as a 2-year-old. Brought back carefully this year by Danny Collins, she's had two starts and a series of qualifiers at Scioto Downs and Hoosier Park in preparation for this OSS event. The homebred daughter by Dejarmbro will be driven by Chris Page from post eight. Kimberly Rinker

Six $40,000 Ohio Sires Stakes (OSS) divisions of harness racing freshman filly pacers were contested on a humid Wednesday evening at Scioto Downs. Prsntpretynperfect surprised both the fans and her trainer as she paced to a steady 1:55.4 mile in the first OSS contest with Chris Page at the lines. The daughter of Big Bad John is owned by Jennifer Brown and conditioned by her husband Brian. The brash filly had a pair of satisfactory qualifiers over Delaware's half-mile oval prior to her pari-mutuel debut at Scioto. "Jenny bought this filly at the Sunbury sale for $7,000," Brian offered. "She wasn't a real big filly and she still isn't that big of a horse, but she's been a good horse from day one. She wasn't the type that stood out but she did everything right--she trained down well, is easy to take care of and very professional on the racetrack." Bred by Carl Howard, Prsntpretynperfect was sent off at 19-1 odds, returning $40.60 on a two dollar win ticket, and finished three-quarters of a length ahead of 7-1 Tenwillgetutwenty (Jason Brewer), with 5-1 Tur Lura Lural notching third for driver Kayne Kauffman. "The great thing about this filly is there's simply no 'quit' in her," Brown added. Prsntpretynperfect is out of the Towner's Big Guy mare Wildfire Princess and is a full sister to Prince Giovanni p, 3, 1:54.4h ($60,954) and to Banderbear p, 3, 1:53.3f ($23,075). Ryan and Nichole Stahl's Lucille Amarone captured the second OSS division in 1:55.2. Kent Sherman trains the chestnut daughter by The Panderosa, who scored her first career victory in as many tries. Leaving the gate at 7-1 odds, Lucille Amarone bested 7-5 Tiffany Rock AS (Chris Page) by a length, with 5-1 Lily Grace third (Tyler Smith). "After we bought this filly last year, I didn't have anything to train her with, in terms of company, so I gave her to Kent (trainer Sherman) and he's done a great job of getting her to the races," Stahl, the filly's driver, explained. Lucille Amarone is the ninth foal out of the Pacific Rocket mare Pacific Bay p,4,1:53.3f ($179,035) and is a half-sister to Million Dollar Bay (Million Dollar Cam) p,4,1:55.1f ($218,236), Smithers (Sand Shooter) p,5,1:53.f ($92,088) and Ralph (Sand Shooter) p, 3, 1:54s ($32,583), etc. John Poppe's JP Silver stormed to a commanding 1:55.4, near five-length triumph in the third OSS event. Driven by Jeff Nisonger for trainer Chris Hope, the homebred grey McArdle lass upped her career earnings to $22,004 with her second lifetime victory in as many starts. Missplacedrock (Jason Brewer, 9-2) was second, while 7-5 Checks On The Way was third for Jeremy Smith. "She's been phenominal since day one," Poppe, a resident of Wapakoneta, OH, stated. "Jeff gave her a perfect trip and didn't abuse her. She was just cruising in the lane." JP Silver, the 3-1 choice, is the eighth foal out the Jet Laag mare Wings Of Silver p,3,1:57.3h ($20,513) and is a half-sister to Silver River (Red River Hanover) p,7,1:54.3f ($70,398) and to JP Oscar (Stand Forever) p,2,1:54.2s ($37,033). Kay Again rewarded her backers at 5-2 as she swept to victory for Chris Page and trainer Mike Roth. The homebred Dragon Again filly is owned and was bred by Alan Keith of Pataskala, OH and stopped the timer in 1:53.4 in her first triumph in two tries. Kay Again finished three-quarters of a length in front of 7-2 Believe In Waco (Art McIlmurray), who had led throughout most of the mile before being caught by the winner. Grimalkin, a 37-1 longshot, finished 8½ lengths back for Josh Sutton. As the fourth foal out of the Real Desire mare Warrawee Kay, Kay Again is a full sister to Kay's Dragon Lady p,3,1:54f ($187,215) and has half-siblings in: Kay's Delight (Bettor's Delight) p,2,1:54.4f ($51,392) and Challenge Accepted (Somebeachsomewhere) p,3,1:53.2f ($26,990). Danny Noble guided Bad Girls Rule to a 1:54, wire-to-wire clocking for the 3rd Floor Stables of Springboro, OH in the fifth OSS event. Trained by Jim Dailey, the daughter by World Of Rocknroll picked up her second straight victory as she had previously won a Scioto Downs overnight on June 21 in 1:57. Her career earnings now stand at $24,750. Bad Girls Rule, at 3-1 odds, finished 1½ lengths in front of 9-2 Shadows On Time (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.), while 2-1 Thrill Seeker got up for third with Mike Wilder in the sulky. Bad Girls Rule is the second foal out of the unraced Allamerican Native mare Bad Girls Club and is a half-sister to Light One Up (Woodstock) p,3,Q1:58f ($22,688). Big Bad Goldie got a perfect trip to emerge victorious for Chris Page and trainer Tye Loy in 1:55.1 in the final OSS test, holding off 9-2 Shakewhatmamagaveu (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) gamely by a head. Merciless finished a solid third at odds of 6-1 for driver Tyler Smith. The 9-1 mild longshot, a Big Bad John filly bred by Midland Acres, is owned by the Ohio-trio of David Wills, Richard Coad and Doug Gregory. She is the third foal out of the tough Camluck mare, Goldies Cam p, 4, 1:54.1h ($155,915) and has half-sisters in Goldies Mach (Mach Three) p,3, 1:53.3s ($160,767) and Goldies Bad Girl (Badlands Hanover) p,5,1:55.1s ($58,309). Kimberly Rinker

There were plenty of fireworks among the 2-year-old colt pacers who competed in eight $40,000 Ohio Sires Stakes divisions on the July 4 Scioto Downs harness racing program. The Ohio Sires Stakes (OSS) is a four-leg series contested at three of the Buckeye State's four harness ovals with a $250,000 Championship set for Sept. 2 at Scioto Downs.   In the first OSS contest Letsallrock, the 3-2 public favorite, established a new track record via his 1:52.2 victory. The Pet Rock youngster was steered by Tyler Smith for trainer Jeff Smith and Ohio owners JS Everhart, KJ Smith and C Young to a three-length triumph. It was the pari-mutuel debut for Letsallrock.   "I was pretty confident that he would pace that kind of mile--eventually," Cox acknowledged. "However, I didn't think he'd do it this soon."   Letsallrock is nearly 17 hands tall and is as robust and solidly-built as he is statuesque.   "His dam--Noseitall--was a very nice mare that got hurt in an accident at Indiana Downs a few years ago," Cox offered. "We bred her and her first foal died and this colt is her second foal. He's a big baby--super well-mannered and very easy to handle and work with."   Stark Hanover, a 6-1 shot driven by Dave Palone was second, while 9-5 Rockathon (Josh Sutton) finished third.   The talented conditioner Brenda Teague swept the next two OSS divisions with her charges--both sons of the stallion I'm Gorgeous and both steered by her nephew, Montrell Teague.   Unsupported by the public at 13-1, Sip And A Bite scooted around the final turn seven-wide for his young reinsman to best rivals 3-1 Long Train Running and driver Josh Sutton and 5-1 Gotarockinmypocket, who finished third for Kayne Kauffman. A homebred, compact brown colt, Sip And A Bite finished three-quarters of a length in front at the wire for owner George Teague, Jr. of Harrington, DE.   Lather Up, the 5-2 favorite in the third OSS contest, paced to a winning 1:52.2--equaling the track record set in the first divisions by Letsallrock. Owned and bred by Gary and Barbara Iles of Harrington, DE, the freshman pacer left the gate handily and never looked back as he easily paced away from 4-1 rival McThirsty (Ryan Stahl) to prevail by 4½ lengths with a :27.3 final brush. Panimal Kingdom (Dan Noble) a 37-1 longshot, finished third.   The Bauder family's Sectionline Bigry took the fourth OSS division for driver Aaron Merrmian as the 6-1 choice. Conditioned by Steve Bauder for his cousin Harold Lee and his uncle Harold L Bauder of Delaware, OH, the Pet Rock gelding grabbed the lead at the :57.4 half and paced to a winning 1:54.2 triumph in just his second lifetime start for his connections, besting 10-1 Rock Hard (Jeremy Smith) by 3½ lengths, with 1-5 Delaware Chrome (Montrell Teague) notching third-place honors.   The homebred pacer is out of the top Cambest mare Aquatic Yankee, whom Steve bought for $3,000 at the 1997 Kentucky Standardbred Sale and conditioned to win $751,230 as one of the top open pacing mares of her day. She went on to finish second to Eternal Camnation in the 2001 Breeders Crown Mare Pace under Steve's care.   Seeing Eye Single used a near wire-to-wire performance to score his first victory in as many starts for driver Dave Palone and trainer Ron Burke. The 1-2 pubic choice freshman was the first foal by the ill-fated stallion Dragon Again to win an OSS event. Owned by the partnership of Burke Racing, Silva Purnel & Libby, Lawrence Karr and Weaver Bruscemi, Seeing Eye Single paced the mile in 1:53.1 with 9-1 Cinnamack (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) two lengths back in second and 23-1 McWiz (Peter Wrenn) 8½ lengths behind in third.   Born To Be Bad quickly grabbed the lead from the start for driver Josh Sutton and went on to win his OSS division in 1:55.1 in just his second lifetime start, earning his second consecutive victory. The 1-5 favorite, a son of Big Bad John, is conditioned by Ron Steck for breeders George Green and Marie Trombetta--both hailing from Clarksburg, NJ.   "This colt hasn't even scratched the surface of his talent pool," Sutton stated. "He's amazing."   Born To Be Bad won his career debut at Scioto Downs on June 27 in a $9,500 event, pacing in 1:54.3. In his OSS contest, he held off the hard-trying, 39-1 longshot Spectacular Rock (Jason Thompson), while 32-1 longshot Pacin To Paydaze was third with Kayne Kauffman at the lines.   Debbie Bird's Rock On Creek led at every call to win his first lifetime start in 1:55.1 for driver Chris Page in seventh OSS division. Conditioned by Brian Brown, the Pet Rock homebred left the gate at odds of 3-5, finishing 2¼ lengths in front of 5-2 rival Redwood Again (Anthony MacDonald), with 9-1 Coach Zuzek notching third-place honors for driver Mike Wilder.   Harambe Deo, a 20-1 longshot by Woodstock, out of the Camluck mare Tea Time, captured the final OSS test of the afternoon with Kayne Kauffman in the sulky. A full brother to Bye Bye Felicia, Harambe Deo was bred by Billy Walters and Joe McLead and is conditioned by Chris McGuire for the Deo Volente Farms of Flemington, NJ and Howard Taylor of Philadelphia, PA. The youngster used come-from-behind tactics to best 5-2 McKinnon (Anthony MacDonald) by four lengths, with 4-1 Slick Mick (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) finishing third.   Ohio Sires Stakes continue July 5 at Scioto Downs, with six divisions of 2-year-old Ohio-bred pacing fillies in the spotlight. Kimberly Rinker

James Beluscak and Bob Carson's Lord Of The Reigns creeped up the rail to win in a lifetime best 1:55.2 at odds of 14-1 in the first of two $40,000 Ohio Sires Stakes (OSS) on a blustery June 19 harness racing afternoon at Scioto Downs. Conversely, the 1-5 favorite, Fraser Ridge, did as expected by capturing the second division handily in 1:56. A total of 16 diagonally-gaited 3-year-old colts and geldings battled in round two of the four-leg series that culminates with a $250,000 Championship for 2- and 3-year-olds of both gaits and genders on Saturday, Sept. 2 at the central-Ohio five-eighths mile oval. Conditioned by Marty Wollam, Lord Of The Reigns, a 3-year-old son of Dejarmbro, had won OSS-Leg One on May 2 at Miami Valley Raceway in 1:57.3 in his first career triumph, but had not visited the winner's circle in three starts following that victory. However, this uber-consistent diagonally-gaited athlete was second once and third twice in his aforementioned outings after that first OSS score. The homebred sophomore now has two wins in five starts this year and upped his seasonal earnings to $55,380 and his career bankroll to $77,096. Lord Of The Reigns returned $31.00 on a two dollar win ticket, finishing three-quarters of a length in front of Star Buster (9-5, Ryan Stahl), with Always A Good Time (6-1, Chris Page) a length back in third. Full Surge, the 4-5 favorite, made a break behind the gate for driver Mike Wilder and never recovered, spotting the field of eight more than two dozen lengths and finishing last. Lord Of The Reigns is the first foal out of the Cantab Hall mare Mariko Hanover 3, 1:59F ($45,141). Fraser Ridge used come-from-behind tactics to emerge victorious for driver Chris Page, overtaking the determined 13-1 Magic Vacation (Kayne Kauffman) in the final strides. Speed Lane (8-1, Dan Noble) picked up show honors, 1¼ lengths back. The Chris Beaver trainee, a son of Triumphant Caviar, notched his third victory this season and sixth career win for the partnership of Donald Robinson, Cardington, OH; Robert Mondillo, Delaware, OH; Chris Beaver, Radnor, OH; and RBH Ventures of New York, NY. Bred by Steve Stewart of Paris, KY, Fraser Ridge now has $202,595 in his career bank account from six wins in 17 starts, with $64,564 in seasonal earnings. The third foal out of the Muscles Yankee mare Classical Mary 3, 1:55.2M ($207,811) Fraser Ridge is a half-brother in Guy Fox (by Glidemaster) 4, 1:55.2f ($119,405). Ohio Sires Stakes action resumes July 1 as 3-year-old colt pacers (Leg Three) vie at Northfield Park; 2-year-old filly trotters (Leg One), July 3, Northfield; 2-year-old pacing colts (Leg One), July 4, Scioto Downs; and 2-year-old filly pacers (Leg One), July 5, Scioto Downs. Kimberly Rinker

Sixteen diagonally-gaited 3-year-old colts and geldings square off Monday afternoon in a pair of $40,000 Leg Two Ohio Sires Stakes (OSS) at Scioto Downs. Ten geldings and six colts spar in races two and five over the lightening-fast five-eight's mile harness racing oval, with a matinee post time of 2 pm, ET. Returning for round two action are Leg One (Miami Valley Raceway, May 2) winners Full Surge, Fraser Ridge and Lord of the Reigns. Trainer Chris Beaver will harness four of the competitors-two in each division-while Jim Dailey has one contestant in each division. Ohio stallion Dejarmbro has six foals represented in Monday's OSS events, while Triumphant Caviar has three and Victory Sam, two. And Away We Go, Big Rigs, Break The Bank K, Deep Chip and Full Count all have one progeny each competing. Conditioner Marty Wollam harnesses Leg One winner Lord Of The Reigns in the first OSS division from post two. Bred and owned by James Beluscak, Broadview Heights, OH and Bob Carson, Strongsville, OH, this Dejarmbro colt scored his lone career victory by a neck over Jailhouse Sam in 1:57.3, and has amassed $62,342 for these connections. A model of consistency, Lord Of The Reigns hasn't finished off the board this season in four starts (1-1-2) and has only missed two checks in 15 lifetime starts. He is the first and most prolific foal out of the Cantab Hall mare Mariko Hanover 3, 1:59F ($45,141). Full Surge, a Full Count colt, races for Ohio-based quartet of trainer Miles Wollam and co-owners Ashley Fusco and Renna Wollam-all of Vienna, OH, and Rhett Roll of Ostrander, OH. The bay winner of $76,551 posted a neck victory in his first OSS triumph, stopping the timer in 1:57.1 for driver Mike Wilder. Mahlon A. Miller of Sugarcreek bred the bay sophomore, who has three wins in four starts this year. At two, he posted a solo victory in eight starts but did earn $43,502 last season. Full Surge is the fifth foal out of the unraced Muscles Yankee mare Super Katrina, and is a full brother to Countmymuscles 5, 1:56f ($118,585), with half-siblings in: Hoorayi'monmyway (by Chip Chip Hooray) 2, 2:09h ($36,246) and Jesse Hill (by Jailhouse Jesse) 3, 1:59 ($3,800). The Jeff Cox-trained Star Buster will leave from the rail in this same division, and while he finished third in OSS Leg One, he's riding an impressive three-race win streak that bodes well for owner Michael Soehnlen of Dalton, OH. The son of Deep Chip has shown he can get around any size racetrack, having won at Miami Valley on May 8 in 1:54.4 and at Northfield on May 22 (by nearly ten lengths in 1:56.2) and again at that same half-miler on June 3 (by nearly eight lengths in 1:54.3). Bred by Pius Soehnlen of Canton, OH, Star Buster has career earnings of $60,796 from 11 wins in 20 starts-with $45,950 earned this season from four wins in six starts. This speedy gelding is the second foal out of the unraced BJ's Mac mare Frances Maxine and is a half-brother to the gelding Drift Away (by Trojan Touch), a winner of 36 races and $348,878 with a mark of 7, 1:52.1. Chris Beaver trainee Fraser Ridge-who was a multiple OSS Leg Winner as a freshman-starts from post four in the second division. This son of Triumphant Caviar has $182,595 in his career coffers from five wins in 16 starts. Bred by Steve Stewart of Paris, KY, Fraser Ridge most recently won a $38,808 Currier and Ives division at The Meadows on June 3 by four lengths in 1:55.1. This talented sophomore is owned by Donald Robinson, Cardington, OH; Robert Mondillo, Delaware, OH; Chris Beaver, Radnor, OH; and RBH Ventures of New York, NY. Fraser Ridge is the third foal out of the Muscles Yankee mare Classical Mary 3, 1:55.2M ($207,811) and has a half-brother in Guy Fox (by Glidemaster) 4, 1:55.2f ($119,405). Trying to avenge his nose loss to Fraser Ridge in their OSS contest on May 2 is the Scott Cox-trained Goldfinger, an altered bay son of Big Rigs owned by Parent Racing Stable of Whitehouse, OH and G Peters, Akron, OH. Bred by Up Front Racing of Scottsdale, AZ, Goldfinger has career earnings of $83,522 from four wins in 16 starts and seems uber-versatile, having won both on the front-end and from off the pace. As the sixth foal out of the unraced Mr Lavec mare Armbro Espionage, Goldfinger is a half-brother to Armor Hanover (by SJ's Caviar) 7, 1:52f ($248,955) and Jacksons Minion (by Explosive Matter) 3, 1:53.1f ($148,943), among others. Dekeyser, who finished a neck back to the winning Full Surge on May 2, won his first start of the year on April 26 at Northfield by 5¾ lengths and is still looking for his elusive second win of the season. Trained and co-owned by Chris Beaver for Synerco Ventures In., ON and Steven Zeehandelar, Worthington, OH, this Dejarmbro colt rarely misses a check and has $43,994 in lifetime earnings. Kevin Greenfield, Perrysburg, OH, bred the sophomore trotter, the fifth foal out of his Mr Vic mare Pink Ribbons 4, 1:54.3S ($236,525). Dekeyser is a half-brother to the Explosive Matter gelding Datsyuk 3, 1:53.1f ($472,528) and to the Pegasus Spur gelding Big Package 6, 1:56f ($111,063). Ohio Sires Stakes action resumes July 1 as 3-year-old colt pacers (Leg Three) vie at Northfield Park; 2-year-old filly trotters (Leg One), July 3, Northfield; 2-year-old pacing colts (Leg One), July 4, Scioto Downs; and 2-year-old filly pacers (Leg One), July 5, Scioto Downs. Kimberly Rinker

Columbus, OH --- On an absolutely picturesque evening at Eldorado Scioto Downs, Crazy Wow and harness racing driver Chris Page assumed command upon their departure from the gate and did not experience a truly tense moment en route to a powerful 1:52 track record score in the $200,000 Charlie Hill Memorial in front of a standing-room only crowd on Saturday (June 10). Defending older trotting champion Obrigado (Mark MacDonald) was second, with Canadian invader Musical Rhythm (Peter Wrenn) third. In fact, Page was still rather incredulous at how the race unfolded for his horse after he addressed his legions of young fans in the winner’s circle that were shouting his name and pleading for his whip or his sunglasses as a souvenir of his victory. “I can’t believe how it all worked out,” he said. “I intended to get him involved in the race early-on, but I wasn’t planning on going to the lead. When the wings were still unfolding off the gate I looked to my left and wondered where everybody else was. He just took me out there all on his own and from there on it was all him. I could not have asked for a better trip.” Commencing his journey from post position eight did not seem to hamper Crazy Wow’s need to display his speed. Conditioned by Ron Burke and owned by Our Horse Cents Stables, Stable 45, J&T Silva Stables and Deo Volente Farms, the 5-year-old stallion, fresh off his first victory in nearly a year in the $150,000 Maxie Lee Invitational on May 28 at Harrah’s Philadelphia, laid down a very swift first split of :26.2 with Obrigado in hot pursuit in the field of nine with the scratch of Homicide Hunter. In essence it was reduced to eight competitors after 2015 Dan Patch Award winner and world champion JL Cruze broke strode going into the first turn. As Crazy Wow and Page went past the half-mile marker in :55.1, Obrigado was hemmed in and slightly shuffled back to third as Hemi Seelster (Brett Holland) moved aggressively, intent on not allowing his top two rivals to stray too far. After Crazy Wow passed the three-quarter marker in 1:23.1, the rest of the field began their bids to overtake him in their quest for the wire. Both Centurion ATM (Aaron Merriman) and Musical Rhythm made their moves from sixth and fifth, respectively, as Hemi Seelster tired from his earlier efforts to drop back to fourth entering the top of the stretch. This transition of positions provided Obrigado, who was making his 2017 debut, with a desperately needed seam and he and MacDonald pulled to the outside in an attempt to chase down Crazy Wow. Their efforts, however, were in vain, as Crazy Wow appeared to lengthen his stride with each hoof he placed upon the Columbus oval and he maintained a comfortable 1-3/4 length advantage right to the wire. Musical Rhythm spurted up the rail after Obrigado vacated that area to finish third. “I had driven him once before,” Page said. “It was a long time ago and I don’t remember anything specific about him from that race, other than I already knew he was a very good horse, but tonight he was something; he was much more than just very good. I know his connections have worked with him and it certainly has paid off.” Collecting his second consecutive triumph and propelling his 2017 record to 5-2-3-0, with his career resume now at 47-17-10-3, Crazy Wow has now earned more than $1.7 million. Sent off the as the second selection at 3-1, the stallion paid a generous $8.20 for his victory. Obrigado at 3-1 provided $5.00 to his supporters to place, with Musical Rhythm (14-1) offering $7.80 to show. by Kim French, USTA Internet News Editor 

A trio of $40,000 Ohio Sires Stakes--each clocked in 1:51.2--were contested on Saturday night, June 10 at Scioto Downs. This was Leg 2 of four in the lucrative harness racing series for Ohio-bred 3-year-old pacing colts and geldings. Crowd favorite (3-2) McThriller captured the first OSS division handily with Chris Page at the lines. Conditioned by Brian Brown, the altered son of McArdle led at every quarter mile marker to notch his first victory of 2017 in his third try. "I talked to Brian (trainer Brown) before the race and he said he thought this colt would be tough to beat off the front end," Page offered. Nr Holdings, LLC of Boca Raton, FL; TLP Stable, Kearny , NJ; and Howard Taylor, Philadelphia, PA own McThriller, who upped his career earnings to $155,522 with this latest triumph. Bred by Gbw Breeding Farms, Inc., McThriller finished a neck in front of the late-closing Lightning Onmyfeet (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.), while Sugar Island (Mark Evers) was third, 6½ lengths back at odds of 36-1. McThriller Brown also harnessed Barnabas to win OSS division two. The brown McArdle gelding was steered by Ronnie Wrenn, Jr., to a near-perfect neck victory over rival Major Nemesis, who had lead throughout until the final yards for driver Tony Hall. Mr McDreamy (Aaron Merriman) picked up show honors. "This horse had a long ship up from Florida and just wasn't himself earlier this season," Wrenn, Jr. acknowledged. "But he was awesome in his last start and raced back tonight just as strong." A winner of six races in his career now and $108,314, Barnabas--who towers over his rivals at 17+ hands tall--was bred by Hickory Lane Farm's Kevin Greenfield and is owned by the Ohio quartet of Country Club Acres, Joe Sbrocco, Richard Lombardo and William Robinson. Barnabas Drunk On Your Love utilized come-from-behind tactics to triumph in the third OSS division with Dan Noble in the bike. The Foreclosure N gelding is conditioned by Jim Pollock, Jr. for Mark Ford, Campbell Hall, NY and Jason Settlemoir, Cream Ridge, NJ and now has seven career wins and $123,500 in his lifetime bank account. "This colt just keeps getting better with maturity," Noble offered. "He was a very good colt as a 2-year-old and has continued to mature into an even stronger 3-year-old." Drunk On Your Love was all alone at the wire, some 6¼ lengths in front of 14-1 Banderbear (John Campbell) and 7-5 McRaven (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.). Drunk On Your Love Ohio Sires Stakes action continues Saturday, June 17 at Northfield Park with 3-year-old filly trotters vying and 3-year-old colt trotters battling on Monday, June 19 at Scioto Downs. Kimberly Rinker

Speed was all the rage in a quartet of Ohio Sires Stakes (OSS) for 3-year-old pacing fillies on Friday night, June 9 at Scioto Downs. It was the second of four legs in the harness racing series for Ohio-breds that offers a minimum purse of $40,000 per division. Lionel Watiker's Rose Run Skyler--who won her OSS Leg 1 on May 1 at Miami Valley Raceway in 1:54.3--paced to a sizzling career best 1:53 victory as she nailed down her fourth consecutive triumph for her owner in her OSS division with Aaron Merriman in the sulky. She finished a healthy three lengths ahead of Rosa's Touch (Mike Wilder) with Type A Grey (Chris Page) third. Conditioned by Watiker's son Derek, the sophomore daughter by The Panderosa upped her career earnings to $79,375 as she notched career victory number five. Bred by the Rose Run Farm, Rose Run Skyler was purchased by Watiker at the Ohio Selected Sale. "We watched her video and thought she was extremely athletic looking," he noted. Watiker--who owns a heavy highway construction company in Zanesville, OH, has been immersed in the Standardbred industry since the late 1970s. "My father was involved as an owner back then and in the 1980s I trained a few horses for him but I'm enjoying it now with my sons being involved," he explained. Unraced at 2, Rose Run Skyler also captured the $50,000 Scarlet And Grey at Miami Valley Raceway on May 8 in 1:53 and a Scioto Downs overnight on May 25 in 1:54.1, both with Merriman at the controls. "Derek trained 'Skyler' down to 2:05 last year but we all felt it would be better to wait and race her as a 3-year-old," Watiker related. "We wanted to give her time to mature." In addition to his son Derek who also drives, Watiker utilizes the talents of his son Chase--a fourth year veterinarian student at The Ohio State University--to help with allergy issues affecting the sophomore pacing filly. "It's quite unusual, but 'Skyler' is allergic to things most horses have in their daily life without trouble," Watiker offered. "Certain types of grass and hay, apples, etc.--she's allergic to all of them. We have to constantly monitor and manage her diet very carefully and that's where Chase has been most helpful." Rose Run Skyler is also routinely nebulized and gets a little bit of time in the field, Watiker added. "We keep her turn-out time brief; no more than two-hours at a time because we don't want her to ingest too much grass and get sick," he stressed. "She definitely responds to it all very well though." Rose Run Skyler Favorite Pistol Packin Mama and driver Peter Wrenn demolished their rivals by five lengths, stopping the clock in a lifetime best 1:52.2 in their OSS division. The Panderosa lass took the lead going to the :55.3 half and steadily drew away from the rest of the field in just her fifth start of the season. "Last week at Hoosier, she was a good second to Glassine Hanover, who is a very, very nice filly," Wrenn stressed. "So I knew she was going to be sharp in here tonight." Owned by the Herres Stables of Bellbrook, OH, Pistol Packin Mama pushed her career bankroll to $71,250 with this OSS win. This filly won Leg 1 of the series on May 1 at Miami Valley Raceway by 4½ lengths using similar tactics. Longshot (21-1) Glorious Intent (Chris Page) was second, while 13-1 Zoe Ellasen (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) finished third. Pistol Packin Mama Bye Bye Felicia (Chris Page) prevailed in her OSS division by a commanding 3¾ lengths to win in a new life mark of 1:52.2. The victory was the first of the year in six tries for the daughter of Woodstock, who is conditioned by Brian Brown for Ohio owners Jennifer Brown, Scott Davis, Steve Mullet and Joyce McClelland. Opie's Girl (Kayne Kauffman) finished second, while Official Kisser (Jason Brewer) was third). Bred by Billy Walters and Joe McLead, Bye Bye Felicia now has $130,809 in career earnings. Bye Bye Felicia Aaron Merriman picked up his second OSS victory of the night as he guided Ellasen to a new life record of 1:52.4 for trainer Ron Potter and owner Clyde A. Perfect of Lawrenceburg, IN. The daughter of Big Bad John battled 15-1 longshot rival Cams Little Bit (Kyle Ater) down the stretch to win by a length, with 60-1 The Lady Vanishes (Ryan Stahl) getting up for third. Bred by Tonya Keckler, Ellasen upped her career earnings to $83,203 via her third lifetime victory in 17 starts. Kimberly Rinker, OSDF Administrator

Freehold, NJ --- Obrigado might have a little Alfred E. Neuman in him. One gets the feeling after talking with the 7-year-old trotter’s regular driver, Mark MacDonald, that an appropriate caption under the horse’s photo would be “What -- me worry?” just the same as the cartooned Neuman on the cover of MAD magazine. Going back to July 2014, Obrigado has won 18 races. Excluding one victory in which he was second-placed-first, the gelding has won 11 of the remaining 17 by a half-length or less. And the vast majority of those triumphs, nine to be exact, were by a neck or less. Those 17 wins, by the way, were worth nearly $1 million. “He never overdoes it,” MacDonald said with a laugh. “He takes care of himself. He makes you kind of sweat it out a little bit. Me, not so much now, because I know him and I’m confident he’s always going to give you that last little lunge at the end. But I’m sure for Paul and the other owners watching it probably makes them a little nervous.” Paul is trainer Paul Kelley, who owns Obrigado with Lennart Agren’s SRF Stable, Linwood Higgins, and the multi-partner Stable 45. The group is preparing for more edge-of-your-seat excitement as Obrigado makes his seasonal debut in Saturday’s $200,000 Charlie Hill Memorial Trot at Eldorado Scioto Downs in central Ohio. Hill was the founder of Scioto Downs and president of the track from 1959-1989. Obrigado, who received the 2016 Dan Patch Award for best older male trotter, is the 5-2 morning line favorite and will start from post one with MacDonald in the sulky. Maxie Lee Memorial Invitational winner Crazy Wow, starting from post eight with Chris Page at the lines for trainer Ron Burke, is the 4-1 second choice while 2015 Dan Patch Award honoree JL Cruze is 9-2 from post five with Ronnie Wrenn Jr. driving for Eric Ell. “That’s a pretty good group,” MacDonald said. “It should be a good race.” Last year, Obrigado won eight of 17 races and earned $873,300. He hit the board a total of 13 times and his victories included the Hill Memorial, TVG Free For All Series championship, Dayton Trotting Derby, Crawford Farms Trot, John Cashman Memorial, Cleveland Trotting Classic, and Maxie Lee Memorial. For MacDonald, the win in the Crawford Farms Trot exemplified Obrigado’s toughness and determination. Obrigado was in the outer flow in an opening quarter-mile of :26, cleared to the lead at the halfway point and then battled stride-for-stride with Resolve for nearly the final three-eighths of a mile before winning by a quarter-length in 1:51.2. “I think that was the best race last year, maybe the best race of his life since I’ve been driving him,” said MacDonald, who took over the driving duties behind Obrigado at the beginning of the horse’s 5-year-old season. “Man, that was a great race. They fought all the way down the stretch. Getting down by the wire Obi came back on and won. That was just a crazy mile. “He brings his lunch pail every night and goes to work. He’s tough. He’s got no quit in him. It’s kind of hard to give him a bad trip; I’ve been parked with him, I’ve been in bad spots with him, but he always gives 120 percent. He’s just a good horse. You look forward to his races. He’s always made a good account of himself.” MacDonald was happy to see Obrigado honored with a Dan Patch Award last year. Obrigado, who has won 42 of 79 career races and earned $1.62 million, was a star in Maine at ages 2 and 3 before being sold to the New York-based Kelley and partners in November 2013. “That was cool,” MacDonald said. “I was really happy for Paul and the owners. He was so good all year. I think maybe winning the TVG at the end of the year put him over the top, but to me he had such a great year. He won so many big races and he showed up to work every night. “You have to give Paul credit. I think he protected (Obrigado) a lot as a 4-year-old. He kept him out of the spotlight, away from the Grand Circuit horses. He kind of aimed for him to peak as an older horse and the patience paid off. He let him mature and grow into his own and he turned into a great aged racehorse.” Racing begins at 6:30 p.m. at Scioto Downs and the Hill Memorial is race eight, with an 8:50 p.m. estimated post time. Following is the field for the Hill Memorial. Post-Horse-Sire-Driver-Trainer-Line 1 - Obrigado - Boy Band - Mark MacDonald-Paul Kelley-5/2  2 - Natural Herbie - Here Comes Herbie - Verlin Yoder-Verlin Yoder-8/1 3 - Musical Rhythm - Cantab Hall - Peter Wrenn-Benoit Baillargeon-15/1   4 - Hemi Seelster - Holiday Road - Brent Holland-Richard Banca-10/1   5 - JL Cruze - Crazed - Ronnie Wrenn Jr.-Eric Ell-9/2   6 - Centurion ATM - SJ's Caviar - Aaron Merriman-Ake Svanstedt-10/1   7 - Muscle Diamond - Muscle Hill - John Campbell-Brett Bittle-15/1   8 - Crazy Wow - Crazed - Chris Page-Ron Burke-4/1   9 - Homicide Hunter - Mr Cantab - Tyler Smith-Chris Oakes-12/1   10 - Major Athens - Andover Hall - Jody Jamieson-Jeffrey Gillis-6/1  Major Athens starts in the second tier. by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications

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