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WASHINGTON, PA, June 18, 2018 -- Lady's Dude yielded the lead to Classicality after a contested first quarter but brushed by him late in the Lightning Lane to capture Monday's $18,000 Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Although Lady's Dude couldn't keep Classicality from the front, he stretched his rival out to a demanding 27 panel. That might have been just the edge he needed, as the 7-year-old Victory Sam-Lady's Star gelding scored for Tony Hall in 1:53, downing Classicality by 3/4 lengths. The first-over Call For Justice finished third. Ron Burke trains Lady's Dude, who now boasts $716,258 in career earnings, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, LLC and Johnny Yoder. Dave Palone, Mike Wilder and Hall each collected three wins on the 13-race card. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

LEBANON, OH. - A pair of older Victory Sam-sired mares from the powerful Dan Ater Stable won impressively on the Sunday (March 11) harness racing matinee program at Miami Valley. Sandys Victory, the reigning older Ohio Horse Of The Year, stuck her nose in front in the last stride to capture the $24,000 Open Trot in 1:54.3. Taking on eight male opponents, driver Kyle Ater (Dan's son) put the 7-year-old mare in the four-hole briefly off the gate, but quickly mounted a first-over challenge just past the :28.1 opening quarter. Sandys Victory had moved up to second on the outside following a pedestrian :29 second second quarter and maintained that position throughout the second half of the mile. Another Breath (Chris Page) raced gallantly on the front end, considering he had an outside starting position and hadn't raced in five weeks. The two outstanding trotters raced as a team the entire final panel before Sandys Victory surged just enough to earn the privilege of tripping the teletimer. Walter White (John DeLong) finished third. The elder Ater owns Sandys Victory, who now sports 30 lifetime wins and $410,000 in career bounty. Earlier on the program. Honey B from the Ater barn triumphed in a $16,000 high conditions trot, holding off Energy Bar (Tyler Smith) and Bo I See Time (Kyle Wilfong) in 1:54.4. A year younger than Sandys Victory, Honey B eclipsed the $300,000 earnings plateau with the winning effort. It was her 17th win for owners/breeders Jim Burnett and Tim Homan. Gregg Keidel

Scarborough, Maine - August 3, 2017 ... Victory Tax has spent most of his career as a "Friday Night" sort of trotter, racing the best on the circuit and generally being recognized as the esteemed King of the Free For All scene. It was a during a Scarborough Downs harness racing twilight card, on a picture perfect high-summer day though, that the now 11-year-old class-master reached his latest plateau, as the four-time Trotter of the Year recorded the 70th win of his illustrious career with his favorite driver Drew Campbell calling the shots from the sulky. Always tough on the lead and still with plenty of gate speed left in those veteran legs, Victory Tax was hustled quickly to the early advantage before sprinting home under wraps to record the benchmark win timed in a seasonal equaling best clocking of 1:59.2. The son of Victory Sam-Ataxia who is trained by Kimberly Vafiades for owner Kyle Gibbs, crossed over the $350,000 mark in lifetime earnings with the win. Scarborough Downs is pleased to present twilight harness racing cards on a Thursday and Saturday schedule at 4:30 PM (EDT) with the Sunday matinee heading to post at 1:30 PM. For more information, visit or visit our Facebook page. By Michael Sweeney for Scarborough Downs

DAYTON, OH. - Jailhouse Sam was crowned champion of the annual Robert J. Brown Memorial trotting series on Sunday afternoon (April 23) at Miami Valley Raceway. Although harness racing trainer-driver Hugh 'Sandy' Beatty believes his colt's best races may come from off cover trips, he made a last second decision to point him directly to the front when the starting gate swung open in this $17,500 final. A homebred of owner Casey Clemens, the 3-year-old Victory Sam-Jailhouse Broad gelding sailed through fractions of :28.1, :58.2 and 1:27.4 before tacking on a final panel in :28.4 to hold off fast-closing Goldfinger (Dan Noble) in 1:56.3. Deweyknowigotit (Derek Watiker) parlayed a pocket trip into a third place finish. "This colt made a little over $50,000 last year including winning the $25,000 Ohio Fairs Final at Dayton Raceway," said Beatty after the race, "so we have high hopes for him this year. His next start will be in the first leg of the Ohio Sires Stakes right here at Miami Valley next Monday (May 1)." "I'm really pleased to win this race honoring R. J. Brown," Beatty related. "My parents were great friends with 'Skeeter' and he was an outstanding Ohio horseman. It doesn't hurt that his colors were blue like mine, either, so the commemorative blanket will come in handy." Gregg Keidel    

WASHINGTON, PA, Nov. 1, 2016 -- Victory Is Coming extended her winning streak to seven with a hard-earned, front-end harness racing victory in Tuesday's $20,000 Filly & Mare Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Victory Is Coming raced outside for most of the opening quarter and was under siege by a handful of challengers late. But the 9-year-old daughter of Victory Sam-Norse Comer dug in for Aaron Merriman and held off Princess Pablano by a head in 1:55. The pocket-sitting She Wore Red finished third. Ammon Hershberger trains Victory Is Coming, who triumphed for the 68th time in her career and vaulted over $700,000 in lifetime earnings, for Betty Shaw and John Red Shaw. Jim Pantaleano and Merriman each collected three wins on the 13-race card. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

Betty Shaw says she still cries every time her mare Victory Is Coming wins a race. It's likely Betty will need some tissues this Saturday night (Oct. 15), when the 9-year-old Victory Sam mare goes postward in the $50,000 Ohio Sires Stakes Championship for harness racing aged mares at Hollywood Gaming at Dayton Raceway. Betty, along with her husband John "Red" Shaw of Mount Vernon, OH, have been in the harness racing game for longer than they can both remember, and both say they've never had a horse like Victory Is Coming. "You don't get one of these very often," Red noted. "She's a tough campaigner who never stops trying." The Shaws have a 40-acre farm where they have broodmares and babies, and where Victory Is Coming goes for a break from the racetrack on occasion. "She might be a little tough if she doesn't know you, but otherwise she's good in the barn," Betty added. "The racetrack is her life and she enjoys it. When we bring her home to the farm, she's happy for a day or two, but then she wants to go back to the track. That's what she knows and where she's the happiest." Betty purchased Victory Is Coming at the 2008 Ohio Selected Jug Sale for $13,500. "I just liked everything about her and I kept bidding and bidding on her and when the gavel fell, Red asked me who got her, and I said happily 'I did!'" Betty related. Victory Is Coming is the second of eight foals out of the Overcomer mare Norse Comer 3, 2:00h ($69,675) and has rewarded the Shaws by earning $673,659 to date. Over the years she's scored 66 wins, 27 seconds and 14 thirds from 154 starts-that a lot of Kleenex by anyone's standards. One of the keys to the mare's longevity at the races has been her trainer, Ammon Hershberger, Betty said. "He's a big reason she's been so good, so consistent, for so long," Betty said. "Ammon is a quiet, honest guy who never gets into a hurry with a horse. As a freshman, Victory Is Coming had ten starts, with five wins and a trio of thirds, earning $72,931. She took a 2-year-old mark of 2:01.3f at Raceway Park in an OSS test with Hershberger at the controls. The following year, at 3, she scored 16 wins, four seconds and a third in 23 starts, upping her bankroll by another $134,417 in earnings, and lowering her record to 1:56f with a score in an OSS at Scioto Downs on Sept. 6, 2010. Besides victories that season in multiple OSS contests, Victory Is Coming also won Ohio Breeders and Ohio Fair Stakes, as well as a Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Lightly raced in 2011 at age 4, Victory Is Coming scored one win, three seconds and a third in ten tries, earning $35,575 and lowering her mark to 1:55.1 via an Oct. 31 triumph at The Meadows in a $14,000 overnighter. "She can trot those miles week in and week out," Betty confirmed. "She has a serious attitude about racing and isn't the most overly friendly horse. She's a professional and all business once she gets on the racetrack." At age 5 Victory Is Coming packed on another $113,260 to her growing bankroll, winning six times in 21 starts and rarely missed hitting the tote board. On Oct. 5, 2012, she took a mark of 1:53.2 en route to winning the $22,500 Preferred Trot at The Meadows after winning multiple open trotters earlier in the season at Scioto Downs. In 2013, as a 6-year-old, Victory Is coming added another 13 wins to her resume from 22 starts and another $78,052 in earnings for her connections. She won nine races alone at Northfield Park and four at The Meadows, including a seasonal best of 1:53.4 on Nov. 13 in a $20,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap. That season she was named Ohio Aged Trotter of the Year. "It's tough for me to pick one of her races that I like best," Betty admitted. "But her mile at Scioto Downs was really a supreme effort." On Aug. 22, 2014, Victory Is Coming trotted to a 1:51 clocking with Ronnie Wrenn, Jr., at the lines in a $30,000 Scioto Downs Open Trot. She wrapped up that season with another $130,540 from nine wins, five seconds and four thirds in 29 trips behind the starting gate. Last year, as an 8-year-old, Victory Is Coming racked up another ten triumphs and four thirds from 26 starts, consistently plying her wares in the opens at Northfield and Scioto Downs. Her bets effort came on July 3, in a $20,000 Northfield Open Trot when she was timed in 1:53.2h. This year, she's only missed two checks in the 13 starts but otherwise has been as steady as ever, visiting the winner's circle on six occasions and recording a 9-year-old mark of 1:55.4h at Northfield on April 25. She's currently riding a five-race win streak after competing over a quintet of Ohio county fair ovals heading into Saturday's OSS contest, where she'll square off against seven rivals. "She's one of a kind, that's for sure," Betty acknowledged. "We wouldn't trade her for anything in the world." Kimberly Rinker

The stakes will be considerable for harness racing trainers who enter a runner at Shepparton on June 12, when all things Mooroopna will be celebrated. The Lift ‘N’ Shift Mooroopna Pacing Cup will feature at Quest Racing Complex on the Queen’s Birthday weekend, when the Mooroopna club will build on more than 100 years of supporting trainers and owners by offering $14,000 worth of prizes, including a horse float. Mooroopna Harness Racing Club secretary Shane Martin said the prize pool reiterated the club’s support for participants. “We are a grass roots club and are eager to support drivers and trainers,” Martin said. “It’s a successful meeting and we want to get people out there. We are only a little country club, but we are still going strong.” To win the float trainers will need to have a race starter at the meeting, with each trainer getting a ticket into the draw. Other trainers’ draws will include a set of hopples and a $500 John Deere voucher. Throw in retired pacing superstar Smoken Up leading out the cup field and a snow machine to keep children entertained and a night full of winners appears assured. Trots Media

LEBANON, OH. - A pair of final preliminary round $12,500 divisions of the Dr. Dan Farwick Memorial Series were contested at Miami Valley Raceway on Tuesday afternoon (April 19). Both Tricky Nick and Honey B were repeat winners, setting up a showdown in next week's $25,000 final, although the betting public dispatched both winners at handsome odds. Tricky Nick, a 4-year-old Band's Gold Chip gelding, was sent from The Meadows to Miami Valley and placed in the Randy Tharps Stable specifically for this series, limited to non-winners of six pari-mutuel races or $50,000. Although he was even-money in his inaugural series start a week ago and won by 4-3/4 lengths, Tricky Nick returned $9.00 to his backers who enjoyed his 1:55.2 triumph over ER Ben (Peter Wrenn) and Up Front Corbin (Sandy Beatty). The winner is owned by Megan Rogers Racing and Derek Jacobus of Illinois. Honey B, a 4-year-old Victory Sam mare, continued her impressive 2016 campaign with a winning 1:54.1 performance, lowering the track record for mares her age by two seconds. This was the fourth track record at Miami Valley Racetrack in the psat week. Already the winner of the Ray Paver Sr. Memorial trotting series earlier this month, Honey B will be trying to add a second 'Legends' Series late-closer championship to her growing resume next week. Kyle Ater drove the Dan Ater-trained mare to the score over favored Infinity AS (Chris Page) and Numbers Game (Hunter Myers). She is owned by Jim Burnett and Tim Homan of Ohio. The top three finishers from each of Tuesday's races will be joined by other top series earners Rose Run Quasar, Cherryhill Chip and Without Me AS when the nine finalists line up for the $25,000 championship tilt April 26. From the Miami Valley Media Department

LEBANON, OH. - On the heels of One Lucky Dragon's 1:49.4 all-age pacing record at Miami Valley Raceway on Saturday night, Lady's Dude lowered the all-age trotting record to 1:52.1 on Sunday afternoon.   In addition, the track record for 3-year-old trotting colts was lowered by almost two full seconds when Fantasy League captured a division of the Robert J. Brown series in 1:55.2.   Lady's Dude, handled by red-hot Chris Page, in just his fifth 2016 start and second following a two-month break, left with alacrity and tripped the first quarter timer in :28, just as Boffin (Tyler Smith), who owned the track record (1:53.4) for older male trotters at that moment, was making a quarter-move to the front.   As the luke-warm favorite, Boffin continued to show the way through middle fractions of :56.2 and 1:24 before yielding in mid-stretch to pocket-sitting Lady's Dude, who trotted a :28 closing quarter to garner the track record as well as the winner's share of the $20,000 Open purse. Parkhill Lancelot (Randy Crisler) worked out a second-over trip to close for third.   Lady's Dude, an Ohio-sired 5-year-old son of Victory Sam, is owned by Burke Racing, Weaver Bruscemi and J. E. Yoder. Fantasy League (Kyle Ater) obliterated the sophomore trotting standard with his four-length triumph in the day's first race. Getting away third, the sophomore son of And Away We Go moved prior to the half, cleared to the front easily before the three-quarters and coasted home a winner in 1:55.2. Owned and trained by Mike Sowers, Fantasy League bested Kentucky Hall (Jeremy Smith) and Chip Or Don (Tyler Smith) in his record-setting performance.   A second division of the Robert J. Brown series, for non-winners of two pari-mutuel races or $15,000 lifetime, went to The Next Triumph (Jeremy Smith) over Rompaway Hustler (Roy Wilson) and Crowned With Glory (Ed Greeno Jr.) in 1:56.1.   From the Miami Valley Media Department

Final Breath retook the lead past the quarter, then held off a pair of determined harness racing challengers as he captured Wednesday's $20,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life Trot at The Meadows. I Know My Chip took the initial shot at Final Breath with a first-over backside move that faltered turning for home. Then Tamarind attacked the leader with a Lightning Lane charge. But Final Breath gave Dave Palone just enough to prevail in 1:55.2 over a "good" surface, a nose better than Tamarind. TSM Photo Bugger rallied for show. Mike Palone trains Final Breath, a 6-year-old Victory Sam-First Breath gelding who extended his career bankroll to $356,503, for Duane Lowe. Aaron Merriman collected five wins and Palone three on the 15-race card. Evan Pattak

WASHINGTON, PA, Nov. 18, 2015 -- Lady's Dude took the field through a swift three-quarters but had enough left to thwart challengers inside and outside as he captured Wednesday's $20,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows in 1:53.2, matching his career best. Lady's Dude zipped to the lead from post 7 and rolled through snappy fractions of 27.1/56.3/1:24.2 but then had to deal with Classicality on the outside and Tall Cotton shooting the Lightning Lane. Under Dave Palone's urging, the 4-year-old Victory Sam-Lady's Star gelding found another gear and held off Classicality by 1/2 length, with Tall Cotton third. Ron Burke trains Lady's Dude, who won for the fifth time in his last seven starts and extended his career bankroll to $264,962, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and Johnny Yoder. Jim Pantaleano and Mike Wilder each piloted three winners on the 15-race card. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, Nov. 11, 2015 -- Lady's Dude quarter-poled to the front for Dave Palone and had just enough late lick to hold off the hard-charging Rompaway Galaxy and capture Wednesday's $22,500 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Lady's Dude thwarted the first-over challenge of Monte Cristo Spur as well as the Lightning Lane bid of Classicality. The 4-year-old Victory Sam-Lady's Star gelding found the wire just in time to edge Rompaway Galaxy by a nose in 1:54.3 over a "good" surface. Classicality was a close-up third. Ron Burke trains Lady's Dude, who now boasts $254,962 in career earnings, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and Johnny Yoder. Mike Wilder piloted four winners on the 15-race card while Jim Pantaleano and Palone each enjoyed a triple. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows  

Two favorites, each steered by their respective harness racing drivers for the very first time, captured two $50,000 Ohio Sires Stakes (OSS) Championships for older horses and geldings Saturday night at Hollywood Dayton Raceway.   Driver Chris Page steered the public's choice Lady's Dude to an easy victory in the $50,000 OSS event for diagonally-gaited Standardbreds.   The altered bay 4-year-old son of Victory Sam notched his third win in a row for trainer Ron Burke, as Page guided the gelding to victory with a front-stepping 1:55.1 effort. Rival Rompaway Galaxy was second for Mike Wilder, while Cant Cutthat Chip was third for Jack Dailey.   "I knew that this horse could get a little aggressive, so I did my best to keep him calm in the post parade," Page stressed. "I knew I had the best horse so when the gate sprung I got him to the front as quickly as possible and it worked out great for us." Lady's Dude is trained by Ron Burke for the Burke Racing Stable LLC of Fredericktown, PA; Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Canonsburg, PA; and Johnny Yoder of Dundee, OH and upped his career earnings to $236,952 with the win, the 13th of his career. The bay gelding took his career mark of 1:53.2 last season at The Meadows. Lady's Dude is the fifth of eight foals out of the broodmare Lady's Star (by Hi Noon Star) p, 5, 1:56.2F ($181,884), and has half-siblings in: Little Moola p, 4, Q2:03.2 ($38,040); Luddite Bluegrass (by Rocky Balboa) 2, 2:00.3M ($30,000); and Lady's Starlet (by Master Lavec) 3, 2:03f ($11,290).   Driver Dan Noble was in the sulky behind the highly-favored Dancin Yankee--Ohio's Aged Pacer of 2014, 2013 & 2012--as the pair captured the $50,000 OSS Aged Pace Final in 1:51.3.   The 7-year-old son of Yankee Cruiser had captured this same event one year ago in 1:52.1 and pushed his career earnings to $1,372,871 for the Baron Racing Stable of Horsham, PA and Richard Lombardo of Solon, OH.   "This horse is just all class," Noble said. "He's got so much back class and is typical of any top horse that a driver is lucky enough to sit behind. He's the consummate professional and there's nothing bad you could ever say about him."   Dancin Yankee now has 46 career victories to his credit, and has grabbed purse checks in 113 of his 132 career starts, with 87 of those being either first, second or third place finishes.   Bred by Elizabeth Wagner, Dancin Yankee was a $17,000 yearling purchase at the 2009 Ohio Select Sale, and is the first foal out of his dam. He is a full brother to $107,572-winning mare Cruzin To The Dance p, 3, 1:53.1f, and also has half-sisters in Dancin Caroll p, 2, Q1:55.1f ($78,146) and Dancin In the Nude p, 2, 1:55.1s ($19,012)--both by Sportswriter. Kimberly Rinker

Seven $40,000 divisions of Ohio Sires Stakes (OSS) were contested Saturday night, July 25 at the harness racing meeting at Scioto Downs. This was the second in a four-leg series for Ohio-bred 2-year-old trotting and pacing distaffs. OSS Pacing Divisions In the first (Race 1) of four OSS pacing divisions, Montrell Teague steered Miss Me Yet to a lifetime best 1:53.3 clocking for his aunt, trainer Brenda Teague and his father, owner George Teague, Jr. of Harrington, DE. John's Jessi Bird (Ryan Stahl) was second with Gorgeous Road (Josh Sutton) third. The daughter of I'm Gorgeous, out of the Western Hanover mare Live Inspired, was bred by her owner and Fannin Racing, Inc. and now has $24,800 in career earnings. Miss Me Yet finished third in the first leg of OSS action on July 3 at Northfield Park, timed in 1:57.2, but had won her qualifying debut on June 23 at Harrah's Philadelphia in 1:56.2 and again on July 14 in 1:57 at that same oval. Big Bad Ashley got a perfect steer from driver Dan Noble to prevail by 1¼ lengths over John's Sunny Girl (Greg Grismore) in the second OSS pacing division (Race 5) timed in a lifetime best 1:54.2. Jim Arledge, Jr., trains Big Bad Ashley, who was bred and is owned by Winchester Baye Acres, Inc., of Powell, OH. This daughter of Big Bad John-Cruise On Ashley-Yankee Cruiser won her OSS first leg at Northfield Park on July 3 in 1:56 and now has $41,657 in her career bankroll. Queen Ann M had to work a bit to nail down her triumph in the third OSS pacing division for driver Chris Page. Trained by Mike Roth, this daughter of Big Bad John-Full Fledged-Grinfromeartoear recorded her second OSS victory in a career best 1:55, finishing 2½ lengths in front of the hard-trying It's Your Fantasy (Dan Noble). Upfortydevensgirl (Aaron Merriman) notched third place money. Bred by Jay Mossbarger of Bloomington, OH, Queen Ann M had won the first leg of this series in 1:56.4 in a come-from-behind effort with Page at the lines on July 3 at Northfield for owner Alan Keith of Pataskala, OH.   Last, but not least, Give No Lip scored a front-stepping 1:54.3 triumph in the fourth (Race 11) OSS pacing division with Jeremy Smith at the lines. The daughter of Big Bad John-Loyal To My Heart-Cole Muffler picked up career victory number three in four starts for trainer Ron Steck, who owns the young lass in partnership with JA Breece of Pataskala, OH and BA & P Soulsby of Powell, OH. Give No Lip sat comfortably through fractions of :27.4, :58 and 1:26.3 before drawing off by 4¼ lengths over NPR Nine (Aaron Merriman). Harness The Hope (Kyle Ater) was third. "I wanted to be on the front with the filly tonight and not get into any trouble with her," Smith noted. "Ronnie (trainer Steck) has her figured out now and it makes it easy on the driver when she was as good as she was tonight." Bred by Greg & Holly Martin of Ohio, Give No Lip now has $23,195 in career earnings.   OSS Trotting Divisions Kestrel and driver Aaron Merriman took the first OSS trotting division (Race 2) handily in a career best, wire-to-wire 1:57.3, finishing 3½ lengths ahead of rival Count On Kami (Kurt Sugg) and third place finisher Angel Cindy (Brad Hanners).   The daughter of Triumphant Caviar-Blackrock-Credit Winner had won the first leg of this series at Northfield Park on July 3 in similar style, trotting in 1:59 for trainer Chris Beaver of Delaware, OH and co-owner and breeder Wilbur Lang of Jamestown, OH.   Merriman used similar driving tactics to capture the second OSS trotting division (Race 3) in a front-stepping 1:58 with favorite Kerfuffle Cookie, a brown daughter by Chip Chip Hooray, out of the Conway Hall mare Minor Skirmish. Trained by Chris Beaver, Kerfuffle Cookie pushed her career earnings to $40,000 in just her second lifetime start for the Synerco Ventures Inc., of Toronto, ON. Bred by Ohio's Lmn Bred Stables Inc., this speedy distaff had captured leg one of this series on July 3 at Northfield Park, clocked in 2:00.1 for the one mile test. Shut Up And Dance (Ryan Stahl) was second, with Buckeye Lady One (Chris Page) nabbing show honors. Belle'svictoryring led at every call to capture the third OSS trotting division (Race 9) in a career best 1:58.4, easily putting distance between herself and rival Eye Just Expect It (Kayne Kauffman) in late stretch. Oneeyedmomma (Kurt Sugg) notched third. Trainer John Konesky, III was in the sulky behind the daughter of Victory Sam-Belle Legrand-Striking Sahbra, who was bred by Midland Acres of Bloomingburg, OH. Konesky co-owns the filly in partnership with Patrick Konesky of Bowling Green, OH. "Her mile at Bellefontaine was a really big mile," Konesky noted, referring to Belle'svictoryring's 2:06 score at that county fair oval on July 14. "She's not a very big filly, but her heart is."   Belle'svictoryring pushed her career earnings to $25,901 with this latest triumph, her fourth of the season in five trips postward. She also has a trio of Ohio Fair Stakes (OFS) to her credit. Leg three of Ohio Sires Stakes action for 2-year-old trotting and pacing fillies and colts and geldings will commence on Aug. 21 at Northfield Park. Kimberly A. Rinker  

The first leg of the Ohio Sires Stakes for harness racing freshman pacing and trotting colts will be contested Saturday afternoon at Scioto Downs, with a first post scheduled for 2 pm, ET. A total of 92 youngsters passed through the entry box, necessitating five $40,000 pacing divisions and five $40,000 trotting divisions. All but a handful of these colts and geldings will be making their career debuts. Trotters vie early on the program, beginning with the first race. Lone Valley Sam and Lionbacker Kidd both appear ready for their respective connections. Lone Valley Sam, a bay son of Iron Duke, scored a pair of solid qualifiers-the first a winning 2:06 clocking at Delaware on June 10 and the second a second-place finish in 2:01.3 at Scioto on June 22. Trained and driven by Chris Page, Lone Valley Sam was a $2,000 yearling purchase at the 2014 Blooded Horse Sale. Rival Lionbacker Kidd's credentials include back-to-back winning qualifying efforts at Northfield Park-on June 11 (2:05.2) and on June 25 (2:03). This gelded son of Lionhunter will be harnessed by Joseph Kramp for owner Jeffrey Kidd of Hartville, OH. In the second OSS division (Race 2) Forever Worth It just might be, as he comes into this event with back-to-back winning Northfield qualifiers to his credit. The first, on June 18, saw him score in 2:00.1 and the second, on June 25, saw him pace in 1:58.1, with an impressive :28 final brush. Trained by Scot Cox, this son of Stand Forever is owned by Miracle Meadows LLC of Columbus, OH and Jason Ash of Delaware, OH. As well, Kathleen Prickett's Budman, a son of Manhardt, also has a pair of winning qualifiers to his name. On June 15 he tripped the timer in 1:58.1 and on June 22 he was clocked in 1:56.2 with his trainer Jeff Nisonger in the bike. In the third $40,000 OSS division (Race 3), two of the ten entrants will be looking for their second career victories. Kanthaka comes off a maiden victory in a Meadow's $7,500 overnight on June 23, when he paced in 1:58, besting his rivals by 3¼ lengths. The son of Triumphant Caviar is trained and co-owned by Chris Beaver and Wilbur Lang of Jamestown, OH. Also looking for his second straight triumph in this race is Esther Crownover's Nobletucky Joe, a son of Victory Sam who scored an impressive, 33¾ length victory in a $4,440 Ohio Fair Stake on June 21 at Circleville. This bay gelding is trained by Steve Carter. Chips So Fast headlines the fourth OSS division (Race 5) from post six for trainer Ryan Angus. This Chip Chip Hooray youngster brings a trio of Northfield Park qualifying efforts into this $40,000 test. Owned by Mark Moger of New Hope, PA and Albert Delta, Jr. of Newtown, PA, Chips So Fast has been clocked in 2:05.1, 2:02.3 and 2:01-finishing a strong second each time. This same event sees Triumphant's Chip trying for his second straight victory, having won a $4,440 Ohio Fair Stake at Circleville on June 21 in 2:07.2 for driver Tyler Smith and trainer Steve Carter. Conditioner Scott Cox will harness War College in the fifth $40,000 OSS division (Race 13) for the Parent Racing Stable LLC of Holland, OH and G. Peters of Akron. This Trainforthefuture gelding has a trio of qualifiers to his credit-the last on June 25 in a respectable 2:02.2 clocking. Also impressive in his recent qualifiers was Another Breath, who paced to a pair of winning miles at Scioto Downs on June 15 (in 2:03) and June 22 (in 2:01.2). The five, $40,000 pacing divisions get started later on the card, beginning with Race 10. First time starter Beligerent, a son of Mantacular who is owned and trained by Fred Huff, Jr. of Jackson, OH, posted a 1:58.2 qualifier at Scioto Downs on June 15, the fastest winning clocking of any youngster in this nine-horse field. Karen McGraw's Whiskey Friskie, a son of Feelin Friskie, also posted a winning time of 2:05.1 en route to winning a $4,440 Ohio Fair Stake at Circleville on June 21, while Miller Racing Stable's Donald Doc won a similar stake at Ottawa on June 24, timed in 2:04.2 for the one mile test. Trainer John Oliverio sends out Feelin Lucky in rein to Josh Sutton in the second $40,000 OSS division (Race 11) for pacing colts from post five. This Feelin Friskie gelding scored a winning 1:56.3 score on June 25 at the Meadows. Whataboy, who hails from the Virgil Morgan, Jr. Stable, posted a 1:57.3 winning effort in a Scioto Downs qualifier on June 22. This son of Big Bad John will have Chris Page at the lines for his pari-mutuel debut. Morgan will then harness Primo Giovanni, another Big Bad John colt, in the third $40,000 OSS division (Race 12). Owned by Carl Howard of Hilliard, OH, Primo Giovanni will start from post eight and most recently was timed in 1:58.3 when finishing third in a Scioto qualifier on June 22. Prior to that effort, he had won his qualifying debut on June 15 in a sporty 2:02.3, with an impressive :27.4 final brush. Another son of Big Bad John, Aloha John won a Northfield qualifier on June 25 in 1:59 for trainer Eric Hamlet, who owns the gelding in partnership with Michael Osborne, of Mentor, OH. Three sons of Big Bad John have winning scores to their credit in the fourth $40,000 OSS division (Race 14). Big Bad Cam and Prince Giovanni both took marks in their qualifiers-the former at Hoosier Park in 1:58.2 on June 13 and the latter on June 15 at Scioto Downs in 2:00.3, while Au Naturel was timed in 1:58.4 in his qualifier at Scioto on June 8. World Of Gaming, a son of World of Rocknroll, brings a pair of solid tries into this race, with a victory on June 21 at Circleville in 2:04.1 and on June 29 in a Scioto qualifier when he paced in 1:58.3 after drawing away from his rivals by four lengths. The final $40,000 division for OSS pacing colts (Race 15) sees Dash Of Grace looking for his second straight pari-mutuel victory. The son of Feelin Friskie captured a Northfield Park $3,000 overnight on June 24 in 1:58, winning by four lengths in a near wire-to-wire triumph. Kurt Sugg drives for trainer-owner Kurt Lepley of Mt. Vernon, OH. Trainer Jeff Nisonger will be in the sulky behind his Rockys World, a son of World Of Rocknroll who scored a 1:58.2 qualifier on June 15 before posting a 1:57.2 score on June 22-both at Scioto Downs. Friskie Cruiser, who hails from the powerful Brian Brown Stable, will make his pari-mutuel debut against these from post two. This son of Feelin Friskie paced to a winning 1:59.4 in a Delaware qualifier on June 19. OSS action continues for 2-year-old trotting colts with the second leg of this series set for Northfield Park on July 24. Pacing colts will vie on July 25 at Scioto. Third leg action for both gaits will be raced Aug. 21 at Northfield Park, while fourth leg contests will be held Sept. 5 at Scioto Downs. The $225,000 Championship events for all the 2- and 3-year-old divisions will be held on Saturday, Sept. 12, during Scioto Down's Super Night. Kimberly A. Rinker Ohio State Racing Commission

Ronnie Wrenn Jr., winner of more races than any other harness racing driver in North America in both 2013 and 2014 was at it again on Monday (April 20) at Northfield Park. He won four races on the 15-race program including both the $13,000 Open Pace and $13,000 Open Trot. Rockin Finish was impressive in winning the evening's Open Pace. Virgil Morgan Jr. trains the six year-old gelding for Canadian owner Gerrie Tucker. Rockin Finish (Rocknroll Hanover - Please Me Please - Camluck) started from the far outside and was parked every step while his competition carved stiff fractions of :26.2, :55.1 and 1:23.4. Rockin Finish struck the lead in the stretch and bested his competition by a half-length, in 1:53.4. Completing the race were Fancy Creek Elusive, Hotunderthecollar, Action Metro Max, Solar Surprise and Artist Night. Espen De Vie did not finish. Monday's triumph was the fourth win in 13 starts this year for Rockin Finish. It increased his lifetime win tally to 25 and his earnings to $376,947. He returned $17.60 to win. Victory Is Coming was the winner of the weekly Open Trot. Betty and John Shaw own the eight year-old. Ammon Hershberger conditions the buckeye-bred trotting mare. Victory Is Coming (Victory Sam - Norse Comer - Overcomer) left alertly from post four and led her competition at every call. She set well-rated fractions of :28.1, :58, 1:27.1 and 1:55.4 and was 2 1/2-lengths in front at the finish. Completing the race were Edit, Julians Caesar, Easy Strength, Zorgwijk Mercedes, Viewlander, Kirty Dream and Mama Made Me Blue. Victory Is Coming now has three wins in seven starts this year, 53 career successes and a bankroll of $584,595. She was the heavy favorite and paid $2.80 to win. Ayers Ratliff  

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