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LEBANON, OH - At first there were 80...then 40...20...and 10. Now there's just one-Do Over Hanover-who reigns as King Of The Hill in the $5000 claiming harness racing ranks at Miami Valley Raceway. The eight-year-old son of Western Ideal survived all four legs of the popular annual Survivor Series to claim the crown and the winner's share of the $20,000 championship pot on Monday (Feb. 22) afternoon. Do Over Hanover was plucked for $5000 from the first leg by trainer Michelle Finn for the MM&D Racing Stable, when he finished second despite starting from the outside 9-hole behind the gate. Finn enlisted driver Tyler Smith to try and advance from Round Two, despite another outside draw. All the pair did was upset their second round combatants with a 1:53.3 front end score at 7-1 odds. Do Over established himself as one of two heavy favorites for the lucrative final by following up with another gate-to-wire victory in Round Three, this victory by over six lengths. Main Survivor Series rival Montana Pablo A (Trace Tetrick), a 14-year-old who won divisions of all three preliminary legs in the series and would have eclipsed $500,000 in earnings with a win, drew inside Do Over Hanover and thus was dispatched as the 3-5 favorite by the public when the championship field was sent on its way. Although Do Over Hanover is a noted quick leaver, his opening burst from another outer post in this race was exceptional-the first eighth of the mile clocked quicker than :13 seconds. After securing such an easy early lead, Smith throttled his charge through fractions of :27.3, :56.3 and 1:24.3. Montana Pablo A got away fifth and was forced to race outside with cover most of the way. Finally getting up on almost even terms with Do Over Hanover as the pair swung off the final bend, Montana Pablo A inched away at Do Over Hanover's precarious advantage , but couldn't quite manage before the finish was reached in 1:54.2. Jamaican A Bundle (Tyler Lough) was well placed early and was best of the rest in the end.   Do Over Hanover's resume now includes 32 wins in 116 starts, good for $343,046 in career bounty. He paid $6.40 for his Survivor Series triumph, and couple with Pablo Montana A the exacta returned $15. For full results, click here. From Miami Valley Raceway  

LEBANON, OH - Kobe Bryant would have been proud! Black Mamba AS added the $25,000 championship leg of the Howard Beissinger Memorial Medley trot series at 1-1/4 miles to her impressive harness racing resume on Friday (Feb. 19), trotting gate to finish line in front in 2:25.2 at Miami Valley Raceway. "I knew she'd have a big shot," exclaimed driver Tyler Smith. "Anette (Lorentzon, the trainer) keeps all her horses fit and sharp and the added quarter mile didn't bother her or me a bit." A six-year-old daughter of Lionhunter, Black Mamba AS recorded her 16th lifetime victory and boosted her career bounty to $342,912 with the score. She has finished on the board in 42 of her 77 trips behind the starting gate. Merci Monsieur AS (Kayne Kauffman) made a valiant late surge to get within a length of the winner, with Compelling (LeWayne Miller), the even money favorite, finishing third. Say You Do (Brett Miller) and Perfect Chapter AS (Chris Page) picked up the minor spoils in the lucrative final. ACI Studeri AB of Paris, Kentucky, owns Black Mamba AS and were involved in the breeding and early lessons of Merci Monsieur AS and Perfect Chapter AS, although the latter two have changed hands in recent years.   Black Mamba AS paid $11.60 to win, coupled with Merci Monsieur AS the exacta returned $129.20, and a 50-cent trifecta was worth $79.63 with favored Compelling completing the ticket. The Howard Beissinger Memorial Medley, which featured preliminary legs at 5/8ths of a mile and the traditional mile, pays homage to the Hall Of Fame trainer-driver who was born and lived his entire life in Hamilton, Ohio, just a stone's throw from Miami Valley Raceway. Beissinger won three Hambletonians with Lindy's Pride, Speedy Crown and Speedy Somolli and maintained his base of operations in southwest Ohio throughout his career. A $20,000 Mares Open Pace was also showcased on the Friday program at Miami Valley. Bettor's Up (LeWayne Miller) pulled a mild 9-1 upset over Checks On The Way (Trace Tetrick) and Gone Girl (Tyler Smith). Using her inside post position to full advantage, the winner enjoyed a two-hole trip behind Checks On The Way through fractions of :27.3, :56.1 and 1:24.2 before pulling on the leader and wearing her down in the final furlong. The 1:52.3 win was the 25th of Bettor's Up's career and boosted her bankroll to $981,752 as she seeks millionaire status in the coming weeks. The Platinum Stables of Indiana own the seven-year-old daughter of Bettor's Delight. Racing resumes Saturday (Feb. 20) at Miami Valley with the $25,000 championship of the Bill Dailey Memorial Medley, at 1-1/4 miles, and a $22,000 Open Handicap Pace highlighting the program. Miami Valley has announced a make up card for Wednesday (Feb. 24) with the entry box closing at 1:00 on Saturday (Feb. 20) for the added card. The condition sheet for the added program is available on the USTA website. For full race results, click here. From Miami Valley Raceway                

LEBANON, OH - Loutenant (Tyler Smith) barely held off GD Western Joe (Chris Page) to continue his remarkable harness racing ascent since being claimed for $37,500 during closing week at Hollywood Dayton Raceway in late December. The 5-year-old son of Sweet Lou now sports a three race win streak at Miami Valley including a top conditioned pace, an Open II and now a $22,000 Open I. Loutenant's earnings in just the last six weeks is $33,950, quite a nice immediate return on investment.  Loutenant got a three-hold trip throughout most of the mile behind favored Voracity (Dan Noble) and Drawing Dragons (Sam Widger). After launching a first-over attack just prior to the three-quarters station, Loutenant finally wore down the two front end speedsters about 100 yards from the finish and then had to stave off the relentless late charge of GD Western Joe. The winning time of 1:50.1 represents a lifetime mark for Loutenant, who went off at odds of 9-1 and paid $20.00 to win.   Bobbie Jo Brewer trains the winner for September Six, who thought enough of Loutenant to submit the largest claim at the Dayton meet. His resume now includes 13 wins and $194,144 in purse bounty. The second leg of the Bill Dailey Memorial Medley Series on Saturday (Feb. 13) at Miami Valley produced a couple of mild upsets, both engineered by driver Chris Page. With no repeat winners after the two preliminary legs-one a dash at 5/8ths of a mile and the other at the standard one mile distance-the conclusion of the series, a $25,000 championship leg at 1-1/4 miles, seems like a wide open affair. The first division was won by The First Step, who topped Crimson And Chrome (Trace Tetrick) and Goldinthebadlands (Brett Miller) in 1:51.3, returning $16.80 to his faithful. After a fourth place finish in the first leg 5/8ths mile dash, the 5-year-old son of Betterthancheddar showed his true form in the mile test, notching his 12th career victory and raising his lifetime bounty to almost $150,000. Trainer Ron Burke shipped The First Step in to Miami Valley for the Dailey Series from the east coast where he was also a winner at Yonkers and Philadelphia in recent months. Runnerup Crimson And Chrome, owned by Tim Tetrick, was also shipped west to Miami Valley and has responded with a win in the dash prior to this near miss. Goldinthebadlands raced primarily at Woodbine last season, but has also found the Dailey odd distance medley to his liking with a pair of show finishes to earn a berth in the lucrative final. Snowball's Romeo captured the second split in the identical 1:51.3 clocking, paying $17.80 to win. Coupled with his second place finish in the dash, the noted quick gate leaver topped the 18 original combatants in series earnings to gain the No. 1 seed toward the final. The resurgent 8-year-old son of McArdle, trained by Phil Belanger, has 17 wins, but just two in the last two seasons. Wild Bill, who was purchased by trainer Kris Hinchcliff and partners for the Dailey Series after a prolonged stint at Yonkers, disappointed in the dash but rebounded with a strong place finish at the traditional mile. Bold And Brassy's show finish coupled with a fourth in the initial dash was also enough to advance. Joining the top Leg 2 finishers in the $25,000 championship next week will be first leg winner Shagnwiththedragon, Shane Adams (who was scratched Saturday after a runnerup finish in Week 1) and Prince Bayard. Dave And Dennis will have the first option to move in if any of the top nine earners fail to declare. For full results, click here. From Miami Valley Raceway        

DAYTON, OH. - Harness racing driver Tyler Smith stole the show at Hollywood Dayton on Saturday (Dec. 26) by winning both co-feature events, the $18,400 Open Handicap for male pacers and the $17,800 sister event for the best distaff pacers in the region.   Despite a 41-day layoff, Smith hustled Stars Align A to an early lead in the 'boys' event before allowing GD Western Joe (Chris Page) to clear to the front just steps before the :26.3 first quarter.   The winning 7-year-old unaltered son of Art Major enjoyed a pocket ride through middle fractions of :55.1 and 1:22.4, then swung to the outside coming off the final bend. Despite a quick :27.4 closing quarter, Stars Align A managed to collar GD Western Joe in deep stretch for his tenth seasonal triumph and 34th lifetime from 91 races. Havefaithinme N (Trace Tetrick) finished a creditable third in the 1:50.3 mile.   Joshua Graber owns Stars Align A and entrusts the training to Christi Noble. He now has banked $465,398.   Stars Align A   The Bethinator, a filly by Somebeachsomewhere, held off a fast-closing Miss You N (Jeremy Smith) to capture the Mares Open Handicap in 1:52. Summer Charm (Trace Tetrick) got the first quarter call in :26.3, but Smith had The Bethinator in high gear to grab the lead shortly thereafter.   Following a breather to the :56.1 halfway marker, the winner was joined by Sugar Dance (Brett Miller) in a speed duel to the third timer in 1:23.4.   After racing side-by-side around the entire final turn, The Bethinator battled back inside and then barely held off Miss You N (Jeremy Smith) who made up about ten lengths in the last quarter before coming up just short in 1:52. Its Time For Fun (Kyle Wilfong) garnered the show dough.   Veteran Nelson Willis conditions the homebred winner for the Megan Rogers Racing Stable. She now sports a dozen victories over two years and has earned $119,154.   The Bethinator   The Bethinator held off Miss You N to win her second Mares Open in December at Hollywood Dayton.   Tyler Smith wasn't the only happy camper at Hollywood Dayton after the Saturday program.   An all-time all sources handle record of $726,775 was recorded to the delight of the entire racing management team, lead by Director of Racing Jason Bluhm. The old record of $664,945 was recorded on December 23, 2019.   There are just three cards left in the 2020 Hollywood Dayton season.   A trio of 14-race programs will be presented on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of the coming week. Each will begin at 1:30 p.m.   Gregg Keidel        

DAYTON, OH. - Owner John Barnhard asked trainer Luis Quevedo to ship Whata Swan across the Indiana-Ohio border to Hollywood Dayton Raceway on Thursday (Nov. 12), and the result was a 1:53.4 score in the $15,000 Open Trot.   When odds-on favorite Refined made a break in stride shortly after the starting car's wings folded, it was anyone's race. Whata Swan (Tyler Smith) elected to allow Pass The Vape (Trevor Smith) and Weslynn Quest (Cameron McCown) to clear to the pylons in front during the :28.1 opening panel.   Just past the :57 midway juncture, Whata Swan was sent first-up on the outside to challenge. After lapping in on the leader at the 1:24.3 third timing station, the 4-year-old son of Swan For All pressed to the front early in the stretch and coasted to the wire for his sixth seasonal victory.       Weslynn Quest found a seam in the lane to finish second, while Lane Of Stone (Jeff Nisonger) closed stoutly to garner the show dough.   Whata Swan paid $13.20 to win; coupled with Weslynn Quest the exacta kicked back $141.40; while the 50-cent trifecta with Lane Of Stone returned $324.50.   Racing resumes Friday night (Nov. 13) at 6:15 p.m. at Hollywood Dayton. The featured $14,500 Open Mares Pace will be race 10 on the 14 race program.   From Hollywood Dayton Raceway  

LEBANON, OH. - Gold Digger King (Brett Miller) was crowned harness racing champion of the George Williams Memorial Series at Miami Valley on Saturday night (March 14), even though there was no one there to watch the $27,500 final live. Racing was conducted in front of an empty grandstand, due to a shutdown caused by the Coronavirus crisis, but was exciting nonetheless and enjoyed by numerous new off-track fans as evidenced by a higher-than-normal handle. Miller, the leading dash driver at the current Miami Valley meet, was intent on dictating the fractions as the 1-2 favorite in the Williams Memorial. It took Gold Digger King most of the intial :27 quarter to gain control, then the 4-year-old son of Pet Rock put up middle fractions of :55.1 and 1:23 over the rain dampened sloppy track. A final :29 split was enough to hold off Diesel Accelerator (Kyle Ater), who sat a pocket trip throughout, and the lengthy first-over bid of Dashing To Da Wire (Dan Noble). The 1:52 triumph was the seventh of the Scott Mogan trainee's young career and increased his career bounty to $171,097. Linda Van Camp owns Gold Digger King, who paid $3 to win. The exacta paid $11 and the 'chalky' 50-cent trifecta returned just $9.05. A contentious $24,000 Open Pace earlier on the card was captured by My Hero Ron (Tyler Smith), who was a head better than fast-closing Hallie's Comet (Jeremy Smith) and just a length better than Gerardo (Kayne Kauffman) who made all the pace in the race before tiring to a third place finish in the 1:52.3 mile. My Hero Ron is now just one win away from millionaire status as the victory lifted his overall bounty to $990,663. The 8-year-old Well Said gelding has amassed 36 wins from 167 starts and owns a 1:49.2 record taken five seasons ago. Dan Dubeansky trains 'Hero' for owner Brian Witt. Miami Valley will continue live racing, with no live fans, on Sunday afternoon at 2:05 p.m. Those wishing to watch and/or wager on the races can go to the website: where they can find links to either or advance deposit wagering platforms and also find a link to enable downloading of the program pages courtesy of the U.S.T.A. From Miami Valley Raceway    

Grove City, Ohio - A quick start to the year set the pace for Sectionline Bigry as he doubled his harness racing win totals from 2018 on the way to being named the 2019 Ohio Aged Pacer of the Year by the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association. Sectionline Bigry, the son of Pet Rock - Aquatic Yankee by Cambest won 12 of 20 races for owner Harold Lee Bauder and trainer Steve Bauder earning $222,420 in 2019. The highlights of the year were winning the Ohio Sires Stakes Aged Pacing Championship at Scioto Downs and the Gene Riegle Memorial Open Pace at the Great Darke County Fair. Sectionline Bigry was bred by Bauder of Delaware, Ohio, Michael Dixon of Hilliard, Ohio and Harold L. Bauder of Delaware, Ohio. Driver Tyler Smith says Sectionline Bigry is an unbelievable horse, "He showed up for every big dance we had. He is such a handy horse that is so fast and has a will to win." Sectionline Bigry will be honored at the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association and United States Trotting Association's District 1 Annual Awards Banquet January 18, 2020 at the University Area Marriott in Columbus, Ohio. Tickets to the banquet are $30 each and can be purchased by calling the OHHA office at 614-221-3650. Reservation forms are also available on the OHHA website at The Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association (OHHA) is a non-profit organization serving Standardbred horse owners, breeders, trainers, drivers and fans who participate in the sport of harness racing in the Buckeye State. OHHA was founded in 1953. The mission of the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association is to preserve, protect, promote and serve the entire Standardbred industry in Ohio and beyond. by Frank Fraas, for the OHHA  

DAYTON, OH. - Dancin Yankee, one of the best Ohio-sired horses ever, triumphed for the 79th time in his illustrious career on Saturday (Oct. 5) at Hollywood Dayton Raceway in a $12,000 top condition event. The 11-year-old son of Yankee Cruiser, now just $11,000 shy of $2 million in earnings, scored in 1:50.2 for driver Tyler Smith and trainer Ron Burke over Town Icon (Brett Miller) and Feelnlikearockstar (Trevor Smith). The win was won of four on the card for Tyler Smith. He also guided winners Starlight AS (1:56, $11.80), Letitrock (1:51, $6.80) and Jigtime Jones (1:51, $7.00) to impressive scores. Not to be outdone, drivers Kayne Kauffman and Jeremy Smith also notched "grand slams" on the 14 race program. Kauffman won three straight from races two through four with Prince Bayard (1:52, $20.60), Rainbow Design (1:55.1, $7.00) and Sesame (1:55, $17.20) then tacked on his fourth with 12-1 longshot True To Mach (1:52.4) in the thirteenth. Jeremy Smith captured a natural hat trick in races five through seven before adding another victory in the nightcap. His winners were Starting Something (1:52.1, $4.60), M G Kid (1:52.2, $3.00), Arch O Magic (1:53.1, $6.60) and Cambassador (1:54.1, $4.80). From Hollywood Dayton Raceway

Dayton, OH. - Harness racing driver Tyler Smith copped his 3,000th racing career win at Hollywood Dayton Raceway on Tuesday afternoon. The 26 year old reinsman, who was the youngest driver in history to reach the 1000 and 2000 win milestones, captured three of the first six races in pursuit of his 3000th score. Smith is on track to record his best year yet with 237 wins and over $3.2 million in 2019 earnings. He has notched eight consecutive seasons with over 250 wins and banked over $3 million in purses the last seven consecutive years. Tyler's fondest racing experience to date has been winning an elimination and finishing second with Let's Drink On It in the 2014 Little Brown Jug. "He and Sectionline Bigry are the two best horses I've ever sat behind. I sure hope there is more like them in the future!" From Dayton Raceway Media Department  

LEBANON, OH - A brand new harness racing winner emerged from the $25,000 Mares Open Handicap Pace at Miami Valley on Friday night (March 8). JD's Chancey Gal, in just her second try at an Open I level, tracked down favored pacesetter Feelin Red Hot (Chris Page) and then held off longshot E R Hilary (LeWayne Miller) to score a 1:52.1 triumph for owner-trainer Pasko Vucinaj. Driver Tyler Smith used the advantageous pole post position to secure a pocket ride after Feelin Red Hot paced relentlessly to the front of the field during a :26.1 opening quarter. Sitting chilly through middle fractions of :55.2 and 1:23, Smith didn't move until finding racing room in the stretch. Zoe Ellasen (Trace Tetrick) garnered the show dough. The winner is a 5-year-old daughter of Panspacificflight. She was making just her second start of the 2019 season but now owns 14 victories in just 43 trips to post. The winner's share of the purse put JD's Chancey Gal's career earnings over $180,000. A pair of divisions comprising the second leg of the Herb Coven Jr. Memorial late-closing series were also contested on the program. Tura Lura Lural (driver-trainer Kayne Kauffman) copped the first split with a gate-to-wire tally over Avaline Hanover (Chris Page) and McPansy (Brett Miller). Doug Millard, Sandra Burns and Natalie Kauffman own the 4-year-old The Panderosa lass who was notching her fourth lifetime win as the favorite. Kauffman also steered the second division winner, Love Over Gold, to a huge upset victory for owner Jessica Millner and trainer James Roach. The 4-year-old daughter of Rock N Roll Heaven benefitted from a two-hole trip behind pacesetter My Lady Peg (Brett Miller), who faded to third in the late going. Good Faith (Travis Seekman) enjoyed a close-up trip in third along the pylons and rallied late for a place finish. Love Over Gold paid $81.40 to win, the $2 exacta returned $1,527 and a 50-cent trifecta ticket was worth a whopping $2549.41. The nine finalists that qualified for the $25,000 championship final of the Coven Jr. Memorial series are Tura Lura Lural, Love Over Gold, Queen Me Again, McPansy, Avaline Hanover, Good Faith, Schwartz Bros Beaty, My Lady Peg and Canadian Rocker. Gregg Keidel

Pompano Beach, FL...April 23, 2018...Four Socks, driven by Tyler Smith, showed his four socks to his nine foes on Sunday night (April 22) in a wire-to-wire harness racing romp in 1:51.4 at Pompano Park. The eight year-old gelded son of I Scoot Hanover, leaving from the rail post position, changed his usual come-from-behind strategy and sawed off front end panels of :27.2, :56.4 and 1:24.2 before a :27.2 finale left him three lengths ahead of favored Doo Wop Hanover, with Tony Kerwood in his sulky. Team Captain, chasing the leader in the garden spot throughout the contest, finished third for Andy Santeramo while Spirit Shadow finished fourth. Kotare Yael picked up the nickel in the classy 10 horse field. After the race, trainer Mike Murphy related, "well, he'd got the ability, that's for sure. He likes racing off the pace better but, once in a while, we'll get him revved up for a mile like this. He gave a good performance last week to a couple of very good horses in finishing third, so I thought he'd be good tonight." Murphy went on, "You know, he has missed some time over the past couple of seasons with a torn suspensory and we nursed him back to health each time. Since then, I don't train him too much--maybe (2):22 or (2):23, but that's about it. "I didn't tell Tyler (driver Smith) anything. He gets along well with him but I did mention that he's feelin' real good and just do what he (Four Socks) wants to do.' Trained by Murphy for his wife, Barbara, and Geneva Stewart, Four Socks won for the second time this year in 11 starts to push his 2018 bounty to $13,898. Lifetime, he's banked $176,849 to go along with his Hoosier Park mark of 1:50.1. Off as fifth choice in the betting, Four Socks paid $39.80 to his faithful. In other action, Music Is Art, driven by Tony Kerwood won the Open III pace in a lifetime best 1:50.3. This four year-old son of Art Major made a sweeping backside brush from three lengths off the lead to take command heading into the final bend and, then, on to a handy win measuring 1 1/2 lengths over Rebellious, driven by Jim Meittinis--that latter pacing his final three-quarters in 1:22. Rockntouch, with Mickey McNichol in the sulky, finished third while Surge Seelster and Mittnage a Trois picked up the minors in the field of 10. Trained by Peter Blood, who co-owns with Rick Berks, Music Is Art kept his 2018 scorecard unblemished--now a 2-for-2-- with the win and lowered his previous best winning mile by 1 2/5 seconds. Music Is Art now has career earnings of $112,777. Sent off as the 9 t0 5 second choice, Music Is Art paid $5.80 to win. Racing continues on Monday night with a Pick-6 carryover of $2,414 and a Super Hi-5 carryover of $4,829. Post tim e is set for 7:20 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park              

DAYTON, OH. - It was obvious the harness racing bettors thought Jerseylicious was the best in Hollywood Dayton's Mares Open Pace on Friday night (Nov.24) when they sent her off at prohibitive 1-9 odds. But no one except driver Tyler Smith, trainer Tim Lane and owner Bruce Trogdon (Emerald Highlands Farm) knew just how much the best! All the 7-year-old daughter of Western Ideal did was break the track record for pacing mares with a 1:49.3 romp, the first sub 1:50 mile by a female in the four year history of the five-eighths mile oval. Only State Treasurer (1:48.4) and Wiggle It Jiggleit (1:49.1), the last two winners of the Grand Circuit Dayton Pacing Derby, have ever traveled faster at Hollywood. "She's a very good horse," exclaimed a jubilant Tyler Smith in an obvious understatement.. After a brief give-and-go maneuver with Stirling Euphoria at the :26.4 quarter, Jerseylicious enjoyed a three to four length advantage over the field through middle fractions of :54.1 and 1:21.3 before cruising home without urging in :28 to establish the new track record. "When I saw the 1:21.3 I figured I'd give a :50 mile a shot," said Smith, "because I know Mr. Trogdon wanted that for breeding purposes. The nice part is she did it on her own, I never even considered pulling her earplugs." Trainer Tim Lane wasn't overly surprised either. "We always knew she had it in her. She has come close to breaking :50 a couple times and is likely headed to the first book of Fear The Dragon in the Spring. An offspring from the mating of these two prized Emerald Highlands possessions should be very, very special." Jerseylicious now sports 27 wins from 97 career starts and has earned $774,540, to go with her new 1:49.3 record. Gregg Keidel  

DAYTON, OH. - An extremely classy field of eight harness racing open pacers, five with speed badges of 1:49.3 or better, answered the starter's call for Hollywood Dayton's $18,500 feature on Saturday night (Oct. 14). When the dust settled, it was the indefatigable Mykindachip (Jason Brewer) topping Rock N' Roll World (John DeLong), Feelnlikearockstar (Greg Grismore), K Ryan Bluechip (Dan Noble) and Lucky Lime (Shawn Barker II) in 1:51.1 over the five-eighths mile oval. The winning 8-year-old son of Art's Chip left the gate on a mission, refusing to relinquish the lead until a stride short of the first quarter pole, reached in :26.3. At that point eventual runnerup Rock N' Roll World assumed command and lead the field through a pedestrian :55.3 half and a speedy :27.3 third panel. Utilizing his pocket ride to full advantage, Mykindachip pulled outside at the head of the stretch and the battle was on until Brewer was able to urge his charge to the front in deep stretch. It was the eighth seasonal triumph for Mykindachip, who hails from the powerful Ron Burke Stable, and increased his 2017 bounty to $142,690. This was the 48th victory in this stellar performers career and pushed his bankroll to $778,432. Driver Tyler Smith moved into fourth place in the local dash standings by winning 5 of the first 12 races to winning 7 on the night, or half of the 14 races carded on the program. The 24-year-old reinsman trails only Josh Sutton, Dan Noble and Kayne Kauffman after the first 22 days of the 76-day meet. Rounding out the top ten are Kyle Ater, Jason Brewer, Jeremy Smith, Randy Tharps, Chris Page and Brady Galliers. Gregg Keidel

LEBANON, OH - Sossy's King Kong was gorilla-like in the $22,500 championship final of the George Williams Memorial Series on Saturday night (March 18) at Miami Valley Raceway. Following a pair of runnerup finishes to Control Tower (Dan Noble) in preliminary legs driver Tyler Smith decided to play hardball in the early stages of the final after drawing two spots closer to the pylons than his daunted adversary. Smith and Sossy's King Kong did eventually allow odds-on favorite Control Tower to clear to the front, but not before pacing past the quarter mile marker in :26.3. Content to ride the pocket until the head of the stretch, the winning 4-year-old Dragon Again gelding roared to victory when angled out for the stretch drive. Control Tower tripped the middle teletimer beams in :54.2 and 1:23.3 before Sossy's King Kong stopped the clock in 1:53.1. Kris Hinchcliff trains the series winner for Hinchcliff Racing. He paid $11.40 as the third choice in the wagering. For the fourth consecutive week, a former $30,000 claimer won the $22,000 Open I Pace. This time, however, it was not track record holder Franzo-who was ruled out a week following three straight Open wins. Kiss of Terror was collared a week ago via the claim box by owners Kirk Nichols and Seth Downing and entrusted to the father-son team of trainer Dan Ater and driver Kyle Ater. The result was an immediate dividend on their investment as the 5-year-old Western Terror gelding responded with a 1:51.2 upset triumph over even money favorite Night Pro (Sam Widger) for his new connections. A blazing :25.3 first quarter saw Angelo J Fra (Dan Noble) force Night Pro to take a seat in the pocket. Those top two were still in control at the :53.2 half before My Buddy Ninkster (Tyler Smith) and Latest Desire (Josh Sutton) formed an outer flow with Kiss Of Terror tugging along behind them at the 1:22.1 three-quarters station. Ater swung his new stable star four-wide at the head of the stretch and closed admirably to score the victory. Night Pro, who has now finished first 13 times and second 11 in his last 24 races, had trouble finding a seam until midway through the stretch and was pacing fastest of all at the wire to be runnerup. My Hero Ron (Mike Oosting) rallied for third. Driver Trace Tetrick visited the winner's circle five times on Saturday night to become the first reinsman to reach 100 wins during the 2017 meet. Tetrick, who will be returning to Hoosier Park on April 1, but plans to continue racing at Miami Valley two days a week during the final five weeks of the southwest Ohio meet, currently has a 17 win lead over Kayne Kauffman (83 wins). Tyler Smith (58) and Chris Page (56) are next in the dash derby. From the Miami Valley Press Box  

Leading Midwestern-based driver, Tyler Smith, is expected to move east to the Meadowlands beginning Thursday, December 15. The 23-year-old became the youngest driver in the history of harness racing to reach the 2,000 win plateau, which he achieved this past April. "I am definitely planning to come out there starting this week and stay clear through December," explained Smith, who also is the youngest driver to reach 1,000 career wins. "I want to see how things are going and then decide if I will stay into January and beyond." Smith has previously raced at the Meadowlands on a handful of occasions. He made his Meadowlands Pace debut and Breeders Crown debut in 2014 with the Joe Seekman-trained Let's Drink On It. He had a night to remember at the Big M on June 28, 2014 when he won five races on one card. Overall, he has won eight races in 55 drives at the Meadowlands. Smith will be one of several young up-and-coming drivers who will have greater opportunities this winter at the Meadowlands. He is scheduled to drive in 10 of Thursday's 11 races for professionals. There will be no shortage of hungry newcomers hoping to pick up valuable mounts. Meadowlands regulars Joe Bongiorno, Jim Marohn, Jr., and Vinny Ginsburg figure to slug it out with veterans John Campbell, Andy Miller, and Corey Callahan for leading driver honors during the winter months, where deep, competitive fields figure to be the norm. The Meadowlands will race the remaining Thursdays in December with the regular 7:15 p.m. post time. Thursdays will also be added to the regular Friday and Saturday schedule beginning January 26 and continuing through March 9. Guaranteed Pools Update The usual guaranteed pools in the Meadowlands Pick Five and Early and Late Pick Four wagers will be suspended on Thursday, December 15 and Thursday, December 22 as well as Saturday, December 31. For more information, please visit Justin Horowitz

DAYTON, OH. - Martini Hanover survived a grueling first-over journey in the $15,000 Open Pace at Hollywood Dayton Raceway on Saturday (Nov. 19) to win his first local harness racing feature race over Fancy Creek Elusiv (Eric Goodell) and Secret Threat (Kayne Kauffman) in 1:52.2. Amazingly, especially in view of his remarkable consistency, the winner was being driven by his eighth different driver in his last eight starts. Tyler Smith was the sulky-sitter on this occasion and elected to pull off the pylons and move up to challenge pacesetting Fancy Creek Elusiv three-quarters of a mile into the race. Progressing inches at a time, Martini Hanover crept closer and closer for over a half a mile before finally imposing his will midway down the stretch. The 6-year-old son of Dragon Again, owned by Robert Mondillo and trained by Jeff Hollis, won for the sixth time in 2016 and increased his seasonal bounty to $59,606. He is closing in on a half-million dollar career overall. Martini Hanover was dispatched at odds of 5-1 and paid $13.20 to win. Combined with Fancy Creek Elusiv, the exacta kicked back a healthy $146.40. Gregg Keidel  

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