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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 www.playmeadowlands.com. 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  

ANDERSON, Ind.-July 9, 2016 - Paver Jack used a strong stretch rally to pull the 28-1 upset in the featured harness racing event of the evening, the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings, at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, July 9. Skillfully driven by Tyler Smith, Paver Jack avoided an early speed dual to score in 1:51, recording a new lifetime mark by nearly 4 seconds. Mike Peterson sent Matrix of Luck away from the gate firing as they grabbed the early lead through an opening quarter in :26.1 with Paver Jack leaving just enough to grab a pocket seat. Ville Valo and Ricky Macomber Jr. were next in third but quickly made a move to the front. Ville Valo reached the lead at the half in :54.4 and was quickly joined on the outside by Downthehighwy and Jason Dillander who were heading the first-over attack. The heavy betting favorite, Bourbon Chase and Dan Shetler, were well placed second-over at three-quarter clocking in 1:23.3. Ville Valo continued to call the shots as the field turned for home but there was a cavalry charge behind him. Ville Valo was able to put away Downthehighwy but Paver Jack and a host of others were looming large in the background. Bourbon Chase tipped off cover just as Duel of Truth and John DeLong found late racing room up the passing lane. Smith also found late racing room and Paver Jack used a :26.4 final quarter to prevail in a tight photo. Bourbon Chase rallied nicely to finish second while Duel of Truth rounded out the trifecta. As the fourth longest shot on the board, Paver Jack returned $59.00 for the victory. "I knew I didn't want to get in too much of an early speed battle," Smith noted in the winner's circle. "After driving him last week, I knew this was a really nice colt. I didn't know if I had enough to hold off the horses on the outside but he raced really well tonight. He's a nice colt and Tyler (George) has got him really sharp right now." Trained by Tyler George, Paver Jack notched the third win of the season from 14 starts while bankrolling $72,597 in 2016. Owned and bred by Leroy Slabaugh, the son of Panspacificflight-Not Home Yet has now won 4 of 20 lifetime outings. With the win, Paver Jack also earned points for the $200,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Super Finals slated for October 15 at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. The Indiana Sires Stakes program will culminate with the top ten point earners from the previous $75,000 finals in each division returning to compete in the super finals. Live racing action returns to Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Tuesday, July 12 with a 14-race card. With a daily post time of 5:45 p.m., live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 12. Emily Gaskin

ANDERSON, Ind.-July 6, 2016 - Indiana Sires Stakes action continued at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Wednesday, July 6 as the evening's 14-race card was highlighted by the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for two-year-old trotting colts and three-year-old trotting fillies. It was the opening round of the $75,000 finals for the two-year-old competitors and the second round of $75,000 finals for the sophomore competitors. Time To Travel, with driver John DeLong in the sulky, made a clean sweep of the opening round of the stakes action for the two-year-old trotting colts as they scored their second consecutive victory in the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final. After scoring handily in his elimination last week, Time To Travel overcame the long, first-over grind to score in a new lifetime best of 1:58.2. As one of two Jeff Cullipher trained horses in the field, Time To Travel was unhurried from the gate and settled along the rail in fourth. Jesse V and Ricky Macomber Jr. protected their rail position and left alertly to grab the first call through an opening panel in :29.2. Captain K was content to sit in the pocket with Nutravictory and Jason Dillander next in line third at the half in 1:00.2. As the field approached the final turn, Jesse V was still calling the shots with a three-quarter clocking in 1:29.4 but DeLong, unable to wait any longer, had Time To Travel aimed at the leader first-over. Nutravictory grabbed the cover and was well placed second-over as the field turned for home. Jesse V appeared to be up to the task but Time To Travel continued to rally. Using a :28.1 final quarter, Time To Travel trotted evenly to find the wire first. Jesse V held on gamely for second while Captain K rounded out the trifecta. Time To Travel returned $9.60 to his backers at the betting windows. "Both of these colts were really nice colts all winter training down," Cullipher said after the race. "They were perfect all winter. This colt (Time To Travel) is very handy and after training them both this week, I really thought he would be good tonight." Owned by Thomas Pollack and Jeff Cullipher, the gelded son of Jailhouse Jesse-Flanery Hall notched his second victory from three starts. Time To Travel has now bankrolled $48,300 lifetime for his connections. In the very next race, the state bred three-year-old trotting fillies were in the spotlight and it was Ooh La La La and Tyler Smith who took home top honors in the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final. Using a near gate to wire victory, Ooh La La La stopped the timer in 1:54.2 to establish a new lifetime best mark. Leaving from post six, Smith sent Ooh La La La away from the gate firing but she would have to work for her position as Naughty III and Ronnie Wrenn Jr. also left aggressively from post seven. Naughty III reached the front through the opening panel in :27.4 but her lead would be short-lived as Ooh La La La pressed on. Ooh La La La dictated middle fractions of :56.1 and 1:25.2 before ever feeling a threat from the rest of the field and as they turned for home she had a two length lead. Naughty III tipped from the pocket but Oh La La La was able to hold her off and withstand a late rally from Fawn De Savage and Dan Shetler. Fawn De Savage, the heavy betting favorite, closed well but had too much work to do at the end of the mile and had to settle for second place honors. Ooh La La La returned $7.60 for the victory. "She's been drawing outside so much, I told Tyler (Smith) to leave with her tonight," trainer Jeff Smith noted after the victory. "I really think she's better coming from behind but I knew we had to leave with her tonight. She's a really nice filly who I think will only get better." It was the third victory from six seasonal starts for the daughter of Here Comes Herbie-Dandelion Dust who has now bankrolled $94,218 this season. Owned by Tdtrot LLC, Ooh La La La has now won six of 17 lifetime outings and surpassed the $100,000 mark for lifetime purse earnings. With the wins, both Time To Travel and Ooh La La La also earned points for the $200,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Super Finals slated for October 15 at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. The Indiana Sires Stakes program will culminate with the top ten point earners from the previous $75,000 finals in each division returning to compete in the super finals. Indiana Sires Stakes action returns to Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Thursday, July 7 with the second of five $75,000 finals for the three-year-old trotting colts and the opening round of $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes finals for two-year-old pacing colts. With a daily post time of 5:45 p.m., live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 12. by Emily Gaskin, for Hoosier Park

ANDERSON, Ind.-April 15, 2016-Driver Tyler Smith made harness racing history at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, April 15 as he became the youngest driver ever to reach the 2,000-win mark at the age of 23. Smith came into Hoosier Park's 14-race card on Friday with 1,999 career driving victories and needed just one more victory to reach the career milestone and stamp his name in the record books. He accomplished that feat in his first race of the night, race 3, steering Au D Lox Bluegrass to a 1:53.2. romp in a division of The Extreme Velocity Pacing Series. Trained by John Merkel, Au D Lox Bluegrass was able to take advantage of an aggressive front end trip to record her first win of the season. Owned by Luel Overstreet and John Merkel, Au D Lox Bluegrass has earned $74,631 in her career. Scott Zeron previously held the record for youngest driver to reach the 2,000 win plateau after he reached the milestone two months before his 24th birthday. Smith turned 23 in January of 2016. Smith has been making headlines as a driver since the age of 12 when he became the youngest male driver in harness racing history to record a sub-2:00 race, driving Look Lilly to victory in 1:59.1 in a matinee at the Delaware County Fairgrounds in his home state of Ohio. He also became the youngest driver to reach 1,000 career wins in the bike, a milestone he still holds and reached at Hoosier Park in 2013. The Washington Court House native started driving in 2009 and has since surpassed the $15 million mark in purse earnings. He recorded his best season to date in 2014 when he won 412 races and earned over $3.7 in purse earnings. Hoosier Park's Vice President and General Manager, Rick Moore, along with Smith's friends and family were in the winner's circle to congratulate and acknowledge his accomplishment. "On behalf of Hoosier Park Racing & Casino, I'd like to congratulate Tyler on win number 2,000," Moore noted. "We are so proud of all that he has accomplished and couldn't be happier he reached this milestone at Hoosier Park. It has been a pleasure watching him race and make harness racing history here with us. We wish Tyler continued success for the remainder of this season and throughout his career. We look forward to watching him win many more races at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino." It was a driving double on the evening for Smith as he also piloted Halle Shark to the winner's circle for trainer Joe Putnam in another division of The Extreme Velocity Pacing Series. Smith is currently fourth on the leading driver standings at Hoosier Park for the 2016 season with 9 wins through 9 nights of racing. Live racing returns to Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, April 16 with a 14-race card. With a daily post time of 5:45 p.m., live racing at Hoosier Park will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and continue through November 12, 2016. For more information on the upcoming entertainment or live racing schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com. by Emily Gaskin, for Hoosier Park

LEBANON, OH. - The fillies and mares $5000 claiming "Survivor Series" started with 60 mares in seven elimination divisions in mid-January and narrowed down to one nine-horse championship field, chasing a purse of $17,500, on the Tuesday (February 2) matinee at Miami Valley Raceway. With bragging rights on the line, Cinderosa was crowned 'Queen' by slicing through traffic in deep stretch to triumph in 1:56.1 over a sloppy track dampened by a thirty minute rainshower just prior to post-time for the harness racing co-feature. Four mares were lapped-on to each other at the wire, with another four just a length or two in arrears. Driver Randy Tharps, just four wins away from his 5,000th career win, shot out quickly with Outback Alice when the gate opened, taking command before a taxing :26.4 first quarter. The longshot got a second quarter breather when the teletimer popped up :57.1, but favored Easter Surprize (Brady Galliers) was moving up rapidly on the outside and poked her nose in front moments later. Cinderose was sitting the pocket for driver Tyler Smith and Seaside Gal (Jeremy Smith) had taken up residence in the advantageous second-over position. With Outback Alice and Easter Surprize still racing stride-for-stride at the 1:26.2 third station, Seaside Gal swung three-wide and Make Way (Kyle Ater) angled out a lane further to take her best shot at championship glory. Midway down the stretch at least seven mares were still in serious contention until driver Tyler Smith found a seam for Cinderosa and pushed her nose in front in the final strides. Make Way's strong stretch effort netted the runnerup spot, while Seaside Gal garnered the show dough. VIP Internet Stable owns the winning eight-year-old The Panderosa mare, who hails from the Chris Short stable barn. Cinderosa now sports 19 lifetime wins and her earnings now exceed $240,000. Two races earlier on the program, just as the rain began to fall, a $12,800 championship tilt for $8000 claiming trotters went postward. Favored Without A Clue (Trace Tetrick) swung three-wide around tiring horses at the head of the stretch and swept to victory in 1:59.1. CDs Eldorado (Andy Shetler) and Pacific Wave K (Josh Sutton) both left aggressively from their outside posts and pressured pacesetting Cup Day Spur N (Kayne Kauffman) through fractions of :27.3, :57.4 and 1:27.2 before giving way to Without A Clue in mid-stretch. The trio of early leaders raced very creditably, though, as CDs Eldorado, Pacific Wave K and Cup Day Spur N held on for second, third and fourth place finishes, respectively. Without A Clue is owned by Anna Lorentzon and trained by Anette Lorentzon. The seven-year-old son of Donato Hanover made just seven starts in 2015 after promising three and four year old campaigns, but seems back on track with two wins and a third place finish in three 2016 tries. Gregg Keidel

Louisville, KY --- When Tyler Smith conferred with Steve Brannon prior to guiding Freddyscooter over the Hollywood Dayton oval the day after Christmas, he confided in the horse’s owner/trainer/breeder he had brought something with him that might provide an extra large dose of good luck.  “Tyler said he had Brad’s (Hanners) sulky with him and he wanted to hook Freddy up to it for the race,” said Brannon. “Trace (Tetrick) has done really well with the horse and Tyler is doing terrific with him now that he has been driving him, but Brad was the one that made this horse. He was always one of his favorites and if it wasn’t for him, I don’t know if Freddy ever would have accomplished what he has. He taught him how to be a racehorse. You can never say if the sulky did provide some good fortune, but it certainly fit the situation. What made it perfect is he won and it was like everything came full circle.” A son of the ill-fated world champion I Scoot Hanover and the tremendous Artsplace broodmare Precious Sarah, Freddyscooter is a newly turned 11-year-old gelding co-owned by Brannan and Frederick Shiery. He is a dual Indiana Sire Stakes champion, the highest earning offspring for his sire and dam, became one of only seven horses to pace in under 1:50 at Hoosier Park in 2009 and has amassed $894,895 during his career. His resume stands at 180-49-33-33 and he established his lifetime mark of 1:49.2 at age nine. Since leaving the friendly confines of Hoosier Park, a place he knows and loves well, Freddyscooter has collected two triumphs in two trips at Hollywood Dayton, the last in the Open Handicap ranks. “When he won his last race I didn’t even realize it was his 49th win,” Brannan said. “I don’t really keep track of that with him. He was supposed to race in between those two races, but I scratched him after one of his hoofs had a bit of a scratch. If he is not more than 100 percent he does not race. “I was also telling Tyler, who really fits this horse well and deserves a lot of credit, I’ll have to give him a break here soon. I normally do all my racing at Hoosier and that is where he will go back, but he was doing well so we thought we could give him a shot out here. Tyler couldn’t believe I would give him some time off when he is doing so well, but he’s 11 now. I’ve never pushed him his entire career and I don’t plan on starting now.” Although Precious Sarah only collected just over $1,000 during her racing days, she has been worth her weight in gold to Brannan. She has also produced Rebelman (Electric Yankee, $459,975), Three Sparkles (Threefold, $167,810) and Funny Deacon (Full Of Fun, $431,616). Only one of her 13 registered foals of racing age failed to hit the winner’s circle and that horse, Mr Bond (Real Desire, $1,932) just turned three. He has only made three trips to the gate. Brannan also has a 2016 2-year-old daughter out of that mare by Rockin Image that he is high on. “This is her last foal and even training her down early on I can tell she has talent,” he said. “Her name is Rockin Sarah. She (Precious Sarah) slipped under cover to Hypnotic Blue Chip and she has done more than anyone could ever have imagined for us. I decided just a couple weeks ago it was time to retire her and turn her out in the fields. To say she has earned it is an understatement. All her foals could go. Every single one of them. How often can you say that?” Brannan and his wife Nanci have raised Precious Sarah’s offspring themselves, while campaigning what will be eight of them in their own name. “Fred (Shiery) has bought half of nearly all of her foals and the ones he owned by himself I’ve trained,” Brannan said. “Freddy is definitely the best and he is so much more than a racehorse to us. He actually is one of the most spoiled horses you will ever meet and is a complete pet. My wife loves him as much as I do and she works with him all the time. She also deserves a lot of credit for everything she does with him to keep him in such good shape.” Although Freddyscooter definitely enjoys competing, there are certainly other aspects of life that please him. “He knows where the wire is and he likes getting there first,” Brannan said. “But let me tell you, he is one hard son of a gun to hold when it comes to getting him in the winner’s circle. That is where he behaves the worst. It’s a good thing they don’t have to hand out trophies when he is there because he will not stand for that long. It’s the only time he misbehaves at all. “In fact, it’s surprising he acts that way because I’ve never seen a horse that likes attention this much. He just soaks it up like a sponge, from anyone that will give it to him. We always were part of the barn tours at Hoosier Park and he just loves the people coming by to see him. We still have Rebel (Rebelman) his brother too and he likes people as well, but this one wants all the attention all the time. We give him anything he wants. Rebel too.” Obviously the gelding is approaching the end of his time on the track and has already accomplished a multitude of feats that have made the Brannans exceptionally proud of him, but there is one more thing his connections hope to witness prior to his retirement. “He is easy on himself and like I said, I have never pushed him,” Brannan said. “I never will. I know he has lost a step and can’t go with the very best horses like he used to. I’ll never beat him up trying to keep him in those classes, but as long as he is healthy and still happy out there we will continue to race him. “I really would like to have a million dollars on his card before he retires. He deserves to be a millionaire with all he has done. It is a goal, but if he can’t make it, that’s it. He has a forever home here with us and already provided more than we could ever dream of.” by Kimberly French, USTA Web Newsroom Senior Correspondent

DAYTON, OH. - Tyler Smith had an exceptionally hot hand over the rain-soaked Hollywood Dayton oval on Monday night (December 28), winning half of the 14 races on the harness racing program. With the huge night, Smith moved into seventh place in the local dash standings despite only racing at Dayton one night a week while Hoosier Park was in season. The Ohio native has been a regular since the Indiana track closed for the year in late-November. Now 22, Tyler was the youngest driver in history to record his 1000th win a couple years ago. Smith's successes started in race two when he guided Sweet Caldonia to a 1:57.3 score, returning $6.60 at the mutuel windows. His other winners were E R Taylor (1:54.3, $5.40), Tiene's Leche (1:54.1, $6.80), Bettor And Bold (1:53, $7.00), Lincolnjames (1:53.2, $3.80), Westport (1:53.3, $4.00) and Sammy Storm (1:54.1, $12.40). There are just two nights left in Hollywood Dayton's second season. Post time is 6:35 p.m. Tuesday (December 29) and Wednesday (December 30), with 14 races of full nine-horse races on both evenings. Gregg Keidel

DAYTON, OH. - Penn, Somenicebeach and Freddyscooter won the three featured Open races during the Saturday night (December 26) harness racing program at Hollywood Dayton Raceway. Track record holder Penn (Josh Sutton) topped the Open trotters in 1:53.3 over a sloppy surface, topping Rehab Mountain (Tyler Smith) and Martz Time (John De Long) in relatively easy fashion. After working hard to get the front from the assigned outside No. 7 post position just before the :26.3 quarter station, the five-year-old son of Master Glide raced evenly throughout the remainder of the mile stopping the subsequent teletimers in :55.4, 1:24.1 and 1:53.3 for his ninth win in 20 starts this season. His seasonal earnings end at $97,860 with his lifetime bounty increased to $211,294 for owner Barkley Counts. The weekly top distaff pace went to Somenicebeach, giving meet-leading driver Josh Sutton his second feature win on the program. In her first start at Hollywood Dayton, the four-year-old Somebeachsomewhere lass narrowly edged Albanian Era (Dan Noble) with Sectionline Aqua (LeWayne Miller) also looming large in the stretch. The 1:53 score was the winner's sixth in 2015 and twelfth lifetime. She was claimed at Yonkers Raceway six months ago by Carl Howard and Bruce Soulsby and entrusted to trainer Virgil Morgan Jr., who laid her up for a couple months, put her on lasix and qualified her twice before her winning debut pari-mutuel effort. Freddyscooter (Tyler Smith) beat the best boys at the meet in 1:51.2, giving the ten-year-old gelding his 49th career visit to the winners circle and upping his earnings to $894,895, all for trainer and co-owner Steve Brannan, who also bred him, and partner Frederick Shiery. Freddyscooter benefitted from a two-hold trip behind eventual runnerup PQ Three (Jeremy Smith), who set early fractions of :26.3, :55 and 1:22.2 before begrudgingly giving way to the winner in deep stretch. E R Oliver (LeWayne Miller) closed well to finish third in the $12,000 race. Just three nights remain in the Hollywood Dayton Raceway meet with 6:35 post times on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of the coming week. Gregg Keidel

DAYTON, OH. - Harness racing drivers Kayne Kauffman and Tyler Smith each scored hat tricks at Hollywood Dayton Raceway on Monday night (November 9), while Jason Brewer notched a driving double.   Kauffman has now won eight races over the last two programs, as he visited the winner's circle five times on Saturday night, and has catapulted himself back to the top of the local dash standings.   Kauffman guided Real Infusion to a 1:54 score in a bottomed condition pace for trainer Chris Short, Jollyinjail to a 1:58.4 triumph in a bottom condition trot for trainer Larry Richardson, and Mr Why to a 1:53.2 tally for conditioner Mike Polhamus in a second level condition pace.   With his trio of Monday night wins Kayne now has 61 victories in the first 38 nights of the current meet, four better than Josh Sutton and Chris Page, who are deadlocked for second with 57 apiece.   Smith, who has been plying his trade primarily at Hoosier Park this Fall, but who likely will spend more nights at Hollywood Dayton once the Indiana oval closes for the season after this week, also made three different trainers happy on Monday. The Ohio native steered trainer Danny Collins' She B Jeebeez to a 1:54.4 score in a non-winners race for fillies and mares; trainer Tricia Shepard's Fox Valley Action to a 1:55.4 triumph in a mid-level condition pace; and finished his night with a 1:54.1 tally with Wounded Warrior in a $5000 claimer for trainer Aaron Hamilton.   Jason Brewer managed a driving double to reach 40 wins for the meet, which is currently in sixth place among local reinsmen.   Gregg Keidel

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