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LEBANON, OH - For the eighth consecutive year handle rose substantially at Miami Valley Raceway during the 2021 harness racing meet, which consisted of 86 live race days. All-source average daily handle rose to $520,308, over 30% higher than the daily average in the Covid-shortened 2020 season.   To illustrate the consistent improvement Miami Valley has achieved, here are the daily average handles since opening eight years ago:   2014 - $142.545 2015 - $181,610 2016 - $262,729 2017 - $373,935 2018 - $382,524 2019 - $385,835 2020 - $398,967 2021 - $520,308   "I want to thank everyone--our racing department staff, the horsemen who compete here, and our patrons who support us in increasing numbers," said first year Director of Racing Operations Ken Rambo. "We will take what we learned this season and work to build on it and make next year even better!"   "It has been great watching the steady growth at Miami Valley," said veteran Race Secretary Gregg Keidel. "Along with our tremendous percentage handle jumps forward in our third and fourth seasons, 2021 has to go down as one of our best years yet. I attribute our success to our ability to offer one of the best purse structures anywhere, resulting in a tremendous horse supply provided by hundreds of loyal owners and trainers, a deep and talented drivers colony that assures some of the most competitive racing in the industry, and doing our due diligence to position MVG in the best possible place we can. With an ongoing study to determine the best days and times to race, as well as a little tinkering with our betting format, I see nothing but continuous significant growth at Miami Valley in 2022."   Another indication of the strength of the Miami Valley program, and the confidence that owners and trainers have in it, is the quantity of claims that occur. The 2021 total of 342 successful claims for a total of $4,455,600 (an average of just over $13,000 each) was second only to 2019 in volume.   Live racing will not resume at Miami Valley until the first week of January 2022, but simulcast wagering on dozens of live feeds from race tracks across North American continues uninterrupted every day of the year.   From Miami Valley Raceway

Four $50,000 Ohio Sires Stakes divisions for 3-year-old pacing and trotting colts went postward on a rainy afternoon at Miami Valley on May 3. Despite the gloomy weather, all the tail-sitting events offered excitement for harness racing fans. Winning Ticket began the afternoon by taking the first of two OSS trotting events with Aaron Merriman driving for trainer Chris Beaver. The son of Triumphant Caviar, out of the Credit Winner mare Lotto Winner now has four straight triumphs to his credit in 2021, with seasonal earnings of $77,500 and career earnings of $162,547. Bred by James Bender, Winning Ticket is owned by Beaver, Steve Zeehandelar, Tim Homan and Jim Burnett. The bay gelding used front-end tactics to score the win, snapping off fractions of :29, :58.4, 1:26.3 with a final panel in :29 to fly under the wire in 1:55.3. Peter's Royalty was second for Josh Sutton, nearly three lengths behind the winner, while Tango With Me (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) was a distant third. WINNING TICKET REPLAY   The same driver-trainer combo of Aaron Merriman and Chris Beaver was back in the winner's circle for the second OSS trotting division as Spyder The Striker prevailed in 1:56.3 for owners Beaver, Beaver, Fleming and VIP Stable. The bay son of Uncle Peter - Elena-San Pellegrino hinted in his last start, losing a head decision in a Miami Valley overnight. This OSS victory was his fifth lifetime start as he bested rivals Perron (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) and Lockbox (Chris Page) by a nail-biting nose. Bred by Wilbur Lang, Spyder The Striker won two OSS events as a freshman in his only two start last year. He now has $68,125 in career earnings. SPYDER THE STRIKER REPLAY   The Brian Brown-trained Four-Star Flash kept his unblemished 2021-win streak intact by posting a 1:52 victory in the first of two $50,000 OSS events for 3-year-old pacing colts and geldings. The son of Western Vintage, out of the Bettor's Delight mare Keladi Blue Chip is now four for four on the year for owners Hutchison Harness, D. Wozniak, D. Van Dusen and Acadia Farms. Bred by Marion Beachy, Four-Star Flash, with Ronnie Wrenn, Jr., at the lines, now has $80,010 in his lifetime bank account and was three-quarters of length in front of I'm Sorry Man and Chris Page, followed by 48-1 longshot Sir Charles Of Sky and driver Trace Tetrick. FOUR-STAR FLASH REPLAY   Heart Of Chewbacca added another $25,000 to his already hefty $244,348 bank account by capturing the second OSS division for 3-year-old pacing colts in spry 1:51.2. Trained by Ron Burke for owners Dennis Owens and Norman Rae Racing, the son of Break On The Beach - Jt's Chewbacca-Four Starzzz Shark notched his eighth career triumph in 11 starts. HEART OF CHEWBACCA REPLAY   Bred by Spring Haven Farm, the black colt was driven by Danny Noble to his third straight victory this season in wire-to-wire fashion and finished 7¼ lengths ahead of Truly Noble (Greg Bateson), with Bare It Hill (Chris Page) nabbing show honors. For full race results, click here. by Kimberly Rinker,OSDF Administrator  

LEBANON, OH - The curtain fell on the 2021 Miami Valley Raceway season on Monday (May 3). Leading driver Dan Noble and leading trainer Ron Burke were congratulated in the winner's circle immediately after the pair combined to win a $50,000 Ohio Sires Stakes race with Heart Of Chewbacca. Noble won 160 races during the 86-day meet to top Brett Miller, Trace Tetrick, Tyler Smith and Chris Page in the standings. All five won over 120 races, and all five racked up purse earnings over $1.2 million. Burke recorded 54 wins to edge Tyler George, Virgil Morgan Jr. and Christi Noble. All four managed stables that earned over $400,000 during the meet. The 2021 titles were the second for both Noble and Burke in the first eight years of the track's existence. From Miami Valley Raceway

Hightstown, NJ — Harness racing driver Dan Noble is a busy man, and it’s paying off. Noble entered Monday ready to put the finishing touches on his meet at Ohio’s Miami Valley Raceway, where he is the leading driver, and ranks among North America’s top-six drivers in both wins and purses this year. For the season, Noble has visited the winner’s circle 158 times and posted earnings of $1.69 million. In addition, he helps his wife Christi with a 30-horse stable that ranks among the top 20 in North America in purses, with $407,936, and is fourth in wins at Miami Valley. All of Noble’s victories this year have come at Miami Valley, where he previously captured a driving title in 2018. “It feels good,” Noble said. “It’s just a lot of hard work and paying attention to your drives.” Following Monday’s conclusion to the Miami Valley meet, Noble will turn his attention to Eldorado Scioto Downs, which opens Tuesday. Noble has won the past three driving titles at Scioto Downs and will look to maintain his momentum through the location change. “I take it in stride because you never know what will happen,” Noble said. “You might have a good meet at Miami Valley and your next meet at the next track, it could just be so-so, or (success) might carry over. You just never know how it’s going to work out. “I’m just hoping the stable my wife and I have with our 2- and 3-year-olds has a good meet, as well as my catch drives. I hope all the young horses I get to sit behind, and work for other trainers and owners, have good years.” Noble, who began driving in 1999 and has 6,300 career triumphs, started training in 2013. The Noble Stable has posted million-dollar seasons each of the past three years and focused increasingly on 2- and 3-year-olds. “The work we’ve done the last eight years has helped us get where we’re at right now with the younger horses,” said Noble, whose late father, Chip, is a member of the Ohio Harness Racing Hall of Fame. “That’s been the goal, to get away from the racehorses and do 2- and 3-year-olds, a lot like dad had. I had a good teacher. Dad taught me a lot. “We’re not quite there yet, but we’re almost there. I thought I would just be a catch driver after I worked at it for 13 years. But then I kind of figured I’d like to carry the name on, and I always did enjoy the training just as much as driving. It’s paying off. It’s just a lot of hard work and a lot of hours.” In addition to his career, Noble’s family life keeps him busy too. The Nobles welcomed home a son, Nash, eight months ago. “I want to be home with my family,” Noble said. “It’s tough when you’re in this business; we don’t have many days or many hours to do that. With my older children, when I was younger, all I worried about was being at the next track, the next drive. Now I’m realizing what I missed out on. I’m hoping I don’t miss out with Nash.” In 2020, Noble took off from driving the last two months of the year. “We’ve had such good success that I can work through the summers and take the winters off to be at home,” Noble said. A busy man, and it’s paying off. by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA

LEBANON, OH - Yacht Week (Aaron Merriman) was the upset winner of the final Open Handicap Pace of the 2021 Miami Valley meet on Saturday (May 1). The five-year-old son of Somebeachsomewhere topped American Firewater (Brett Miller) and Havefaithinme N (Dan Noble) in 1:50.3, a new lifetime mark. Larry Finn conditions the winner, who returned $23.60 to his backers, for owners Brian Witt and Chad Slone. YACHT WEEK REPLAY   The special Kentucky Derby Day program, which began at noon, opened with a $20,000 Open II Handicap, which was won by Wild Bill (Merriman) in 1:50.4. The six-year-old winner, also a son of Somebeachsomewhere, topped Great Vintage (Miller) and Snowmoon (Tyler Smith) for his ninth career victory. Kris Hinchcliff trains Wild Bill for owners Hinchcliff Racing, Rtk Racing and Bret Greiner. Merriman also won three of the eight Buckeye Stallion Series races on the Saturday card, giving him a handful (five) on the day. Unfortunately, North America's unflappable leading driver learned that someone had run into and damaged his car in the paddock parking lot just prior to his final triumph. The four Buckeye Stallion filly trot winners were Irish Princess (Merriman, 1:58, $2.60, trainer Chris Beaver), Sewin Sue (Chris Page, 1:57.2, $2.60, Ron Burke), Fanciful Invention (Merriman, 1:57.3, $12.80, Beaver) and Jogging Sweets (Kurt Sugg, 1:56.4, $7.80, Edward Miller). On the pacing side, Buckeye Stallion winners were Finesse (Page, 1:54.3, $4, Kent Sherman), Pompatuse Of Love (Kayne Kauffman, 1:54.1, $30,80, Kim Dailey), Diamond Official (Hunter Myers, 1:54.1, $9, Trent Stohler) and Pal O Mine Hanover (Merriman, 1:54.3, $4.80, Terry Hall). The final two programs of the 2021 Miami Valley season, featuring first leg Ohio Sires Stakes action for the state's best three-year-olds, will be Sunday (May 2) and Monday (May 3) with 2:05 p.m. post times on both days. For full race results, click here. From Miami Valley Raceway        

LEBANON, OH - A total of 89 sophomore Ohio-sired harness racing colts went postward in ten divisions of Buckeye Stallion Series action at Miami Valley on Friday (April 30). There were seven divisions for pacers and three for trotters, each carrying a purse of $17,500. King's Cruiser started things off with a 1:53.2 triumph in the first race of the day, which ended up being the quickest mile on the program. Tyler Smith was in the sulky for trainer Jeff Nisonger as the son of Yankee Cruiser returned a $4 win mutual. KING'S CRUISER REPLAY   Casecon captured the second split in 1:53.3, the first of four wins for driver Brett Miller in Buckeye Super Stakes action. Virgil Morgan Jr. conditions the son of Pet Rock who paid $13.80 to win. CASECON REPLAY   Other winning pacers were Smooth Racer (Ronnie Wrenn Jr., 1:56.3, Calvin Hollar, $13.80), Rockin Airway (Miller, 1:55.4, Ryan Miller, $2.80), Sleeping Single (Dan Noble, 1:54.3, Chris Beaver, $15.40), Odds On Shaggy (Miller, 1:54.3, Morgan Jr., $6.60 and Cyclone Union Jack (Miller, 1:53.3, Michael Prickett, ($23.20). Fastest of the trio of trots went to Dontforgetlittleman for Dan Noble and trainer Deb Swartz. His 1:58.1 mile as the favorite rewarded his backers with a $2.60 payoff. The other two winners were Ilikedecupcakes (trainer-driver Sandy Beatty, 1:59.1, $28.60) and Credit Ace (Chris Page, 1:59.3, Ron Burke, $4.80). The fillies will contest the first leg of their Buckeye Stallion Series on Saturday, in addition to a pair of Open Paces for region's best older pacers on the special Kentucky Derby Day program. Post time is 12:00 noon. For full race results, click here. From Miami Valley Raceway

The 2021 Ohio Sires Stakes season kicks off on Sunday, May 2 at Miami Valley Raceway, with three OSS divisions for sophomore fillies. As well, four divisions of sophomore colts will race at this same venue on Monday, May 3. Post time both days is 2:05 pm, ET. A total of 27 fillies will race in OSS events on Sunday, with one $60,000 division of nine trotters and a pair of $50,000 divisions of pacing fillies with nine contestants each. Likewise, on Sunday afternoon, two $50,000 divisions of trotting colts and two $50,000 divisions of pacing colts will line up behind the starting gate. This season the Ohio Sires Stakes nominations are significantly, with 1,071 foals nominated as opposed to 930 in 2020. Of those, 314 are 3-year-olds, up from 300 in 2020, while 757 are 2-year-olds, up from 630 nominees during the same time period. Last season's 2-year-old champion Merry Ann makes her seasonal debut on Sunday for trainer Ronnie Burke in the lone trotting division (Race 6). This daughter of Southwind Spirit, out of the SJ's Photo mare Witty Girl earned $245,200 last year from five wins and two seconds in eight starts and captured the $300,000 OSS Championship on Super Night at Scioto Downs in a wire-to-wire effort in 1:57. Her career mark of 1:56h came at Northfield in an $40,000 OSS contest on Aug. 7. Most recently, she qualified at The Meadows in front-stepping fashion in 2:01. Bred by Knox Services, she is owned by her breeder in partnership with Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi. Burke also sends out Summer Touch (race 9), who captured the 2020 OSS $300,000 Championship on Super Night, and who will be making her second seasonal start on Sunday. After earning $285,550 as a freshman and pacing to a mark of 1:51.4h at Northfield on Aug. 7, this daughter of Well Said - Real Touch-Real Desire finished second by a head to Lady Arthur on April 23 in the $50,000 Scarlet & Gray. This homebred speedster is owned by Burke Racing Stable, Knox Services, Slaughter Racing and Weaver Bruscemi. The aforementioned Lady Arthur (Race 3) heads up the first pacing division for Canadian-based trainer Dr. Ian Moore. This homebred daughter by Arthur Blue Chip, out of the Mach Tree mare April Three is owned in partnership by Moore, RG McGroup and Serge Savard. She earned $60,931 last year at two and took a respectable mark of 1:53.2f at Scioto Downs on July 11 in a $40,000 OSS contest. This year she has amassed $25,000 from that lone start and victory in the Scarlet & Gray at Miami Valley. On Monday afternoon Perron leaves from post four in the second OSS trotting division (Race 4). This son of My MVP captured the $300,000 Championship on Super Night last season in 1:58f and is making just his second start this year. Trained by Chris Beaver for Steve Stewart, David Wright, Greg Wilcoxen and Kevin Doherty, Perron has amassed $206,204 lifetime for his connections. The Chris Beaver conditioned Winning Ticket has begun his 2021 campaign with a vengeance, rattling off three straight triumphs for owners Beaver, Steve Zeehandelar, Tim Homan and Jim Burnett. Bred by James Bender, the son of Triumphant Caviar, out of the Credit Winner mare Lotto Winner already has $52,500 on his card this season, after earning $95,047 at two. Most recently he captured the $50,000 Scarlet & Gray for Aaron Merriman on April 24 at Miami Valley in 1:54.1. Winning Ticket starts from post eight in the first OSS trotting division (Race 2). Seven colts move behind the starting gate in the first OSS division for pacers (Race 6), headed up by Charlie May, last season's winner of the $300,000 OSS Championship for freshmen pacers. This McArdle gelding, who is out of the Western Hanover mare Stipple Hanover, had a fat pocketbook last season, with $328,627 in earnings for owner-breeder Don Tiger of Canonsburg, PA and looks to pick up right where he left off. After two solid qualifiers at Miami Valley for trainer Steve Carter, Charlie May won his debut in a $15,000 Hackett elim on April 10 in an impressive 1:51.4. Heart of Chewbacca, a solid OSS contender last season, heads up the second pacing division (Race 8) for trainer Ronnie Burke from the rail slot. The son of Bring On The Beach earned $195,598 for owners Dennis Owens and Norman Race Racing last year and has added another $48,750 to his coffers this season via two wins and a second in three starts. He lowered his 2-year-old record of 1:51.1f by a tick at Miami Valley on April 24 via his triumph in a $50,000 Scarlet & Gray with Danny Noble at the lines. This hardy youngster was bred by Spring Haven Farm. by Kimberly Rinker, for the Ohio Standardbred Developement Fund           Kimberly Rinker   Ohio Sires Stakes   OSDF Administrator       Kim.rinker@racing.ohio.gov   614-779-0269   Ohio State Racing Commission   77 South High Sreet, 18th Floor   Columbus, Ohio 43215-6108   www.racingohio.net      

Grove City, Ohio - The 2021 Buckeye Stallion Series begins this weekend with the first leg in the three-year-old harness racing division schedule for Friday and Saturday night at Miami Valley Raceway. Each race will carry a purse of $17,500, which totals $315,000 for the first leg. The three-year-old colts will open the series Friday night. Seven divisions of pacers will go to the post with three divisions of trotters scheduled. A total of 63 pacers are entered with 30 trotters scheduled to start. On Saturday night, the fillies take center stage. A total of eight races will take place, four divisions in each the pace and the trot. Thirty-nine filly pacers are schedule to complete with 36 trotters scheduled to be in action. The 18 races will feature a total of 168 horse and 93 different trainers. Post time for Friday is 4:05PM. Saturday's post time if 12:00PM. by Frank Fraas, for the OHHA  

LEBANON, OH - A classy field of Open trotters with $4,603,627 in combined earnings lined up for the $25,000 Open Trot at Miami Valley on Tuesday (April 27), but they were no match for Mission Accepted (Chris Page). The six-year-old son of Manofmanymissions won his third straight top trot, despite being assigned the nine post and being parked three-wide around the entire first turn. Icanflylikeanangel (Dan Noble), the eventual runnerup, left the gate quickly and stopped the first quarter teletimer in :27. Mission Accepted and Page were caught widest of all as a number of hopefuls in the ten-horse field also sped out from the gate vying for good early position. Finally reaching the front just before crossing under the wire the first time, Mission Accepted stopped the midway timer in :56.3 and finished the third stanza in 1:24.2. A :29 final panel enabled the winner to hold off pocket sitting Icanflylikeanangel and show finisher Lane Of Stone (Jeff Nisonger), who rallied from the rear of the field. MISSION ACCEPTED REPLAY   Mission Accepted, who was broke and learned his juvenile lessons from trainer Jeff Conger, now races out of the Ron Burke barn for owners Burke Racing, Knox Services, David Willis and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. With 23 career wins under his girth, Mission Accepted now has earned $926,997 as he marches toward millionaire status. Miami Valley has just four days left in its 2021 season. Post time on Friday (April 30) is 4:05 p.m. when ten of the 14 races will be $17,500 Buckeye Stallion Series events for Ohio-sired three-year-old colts. Due to the Kentucky Derby, post time on Saturday (May 1) will be noon featuring a pair of Open Paces and eight divisions of Buckeye Stallion Series races for fillies. The final two programs, on Sunday (May 2) and Monday (May 3) will feature Ohio Sires Stakes races for the best sophomore pacers and trotters in the state. Post time on those two programs is 2:05 p.m. For full race results, click here. From Miami Valley Raceway

LEBANON, OH - Harness racing driver Brett Miller reached another coveted career milestone on Saturday (April 24) at Miami Valley Raceway, capturing his 9,000th lifetime win in the tenth race. In the tightest of photo finishes, Miller guided Water Sports Teen to a short nose score over Red Power (Chris Page) in a conditioned event for non-winners of four races or $40,000. It was the third win on the day for the 47-year-old purple and white clad reinsman. WATER SPORTS TEEN REPLAY   Brett's career began in 1991 with a single drive. He recorded just one win in 1992 and four in 1993 before his career shifted into high gear. Since 2000, Miller has won over 200 races for 21 straight years with his highest win total 639 in 2004. He has earned over $1 million in purses each of those 21 years, including nine years with over $5 million. The affable Miller has driven some of the best horses in the sport over the past two decades for some of the sport's top trainers. He spent over a decade on the east coast before returning to his roots in Ohio in 2018, where he has won over 1,067 races in just over two years since. Miller has won a dash title at both Miami Valley and Hollywood Dayton Raceways since his return to Ohio. There's likely more of those in store as he moves toward the next plateau--10,000 wins! For full race results, click here. From Miami Valley Raceway        

LEBANON, OH - Most of Ohio's finest three-year-old harness racing colts and geldings were showcased at Miami Valley on Saturday (April 24) in a pair of $50,000 Scarlet & Gray Invitationals. In the trot, Winning Ticket (Aaron Merriman) ran his win streak to three with a convincing 1:54.1 victory over stablemate Panzano (Dan Noble) and Lockbox (Chris Page). Merriman made every call a winning one through fractions of :28, :58 and 1:26.4 before closing in :27.2 to win in hand by over two lengths. A winner of an elimination heat and the $40,000 final of the recent James K. Hackett Memorial at Miami Valley, the son of Triumphant Caviar now has seven wins in eleven lifetime starts and his bounty has grown to $147,547. His sophomore season has started with three triumphs in three tries earning $52,500 in purses. WINNING TICKET REPLAY   Winning Ticket is co-owned by trainer Chris Beaver in partnership with Steve Zeehandelar, Tim Homan and Jim Burnett. In the pacing division, heavily-favored Heart Of Chewbacca (Dan Noble) was dominant as expected. The son of Bring On The Beach lowered his personal best time to 1:51 with a 4-1/2 length win over Laughagain Hanover (Page) and Hardt At Work (Mike Micallef). Noble never experienced an anxious moment in the mile and Heart Of Chewbacca required little if any urging through the stretch. Dennis Owens and Noble's Norman Rae Racing LLC own the winner who now sports seven career wins, including two in 2021, and has earned $244,348. HEART OF CHEWBACCA REPLAY   The next start for both Scarlet & Gray winners is expected to be first leg Ohio Sires Stakes action at Miami Valley on Monday, May 3--closing day for the 2021 86-day season. A pair of Open Paces for the best pacers in the region were also contested on Saturday. The Open I Handicap was won by Havefaithinme N (Noble), who upset GD Western Joe (Page) and Gold Digger King (Tyler Smith) in 1:51.3. It took the photo finish camera to determine that the ten-year-old had won by a mere nose. J. D. Perrin trains the New Zealand bred stalwart for his wife Tessa. With 35 wins on his resume, Havefaithinme N is approaching $1.5 million in career earnings. He returned $11.80 to his $2 win backers. The Open II went to Yacht Week (Merriman) who pulled a mild upset over Americanfirewater (Page) and Shagnwiththedragon (Noble). The 1:51.1 clocking was also a lifetime best for the Somebeachsomewhere five-year-old who is owned by Brian Witt and Chad Slone and trained by Larry Finn. A Yacht Week win ticket was worth $18. Racing resumes Sunday afternoon at 2:05 p.m. at Miami Valley. For full race results, click here. From Miami Valley Raceway        

LEBANON, OH - Miami Valley Raceway presented a pair of $50,000 Scarlet & Gray Invitationals for state-bred three-year-old harness racing fillies on Friday (April 23) and the results of the Ohio Sires Stakes preludes were impressive. Herculisa (Brett Miller) pinned a narrow defeat on Celebrate With Me (Chris Page) in the trot division, with Katie's Lucky Day (Trevor Smith) rallying to finish third. It was the sixth win in just seven lifetime tries for Herculisa, who entered the $300,000 Ohio Sires Stakes championship last September with an unblemished five-for-five scorecard before making an untimely break in the big dance. After two stellar qualifiers, the daughter of My MVP seems to have returned for her sophomore campaign as the one to beat in the Buckeye state. This 1:54.2 win established a new lifetime mark. HERCULISA REPLAY   Virgil Morgan Jr. trains Herculisa for the Jesmeral Stable. Her earnings soared to $105,812 with the triumph in her initial 2021 pari-mutuel event. Miller got her away third in the early going, then made a wicked brush to the lead during the third quarter which was the fastest (:27.2) split in the race by far. Celebrate With Me, a recent purchase by Burke Racing, Howard Taylor, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and Knox Services, stalked the winner throughout but couldn't quite reach her in the stretch duel. Lady Arthur (Ronnie Wrenn Jr.) was victorious in the Scarlet & Gray filly pace, holding off last year's O.S.S. champ Summer Tough (Chris Page) in a 1:52.3 mile, equaling the daughter of Arthur Blue Chip's best time. Also making her seasonal debut after a pair of impressive qualifiers, Lady Arthur now owns three wins and earnings of $85,931 after a freshman scorecard of 2-1-1 in ten starts. Wrenn's filly was headstrong at the start, but he was able to wrestle her briefly into the pocket before moving back to the front just past the quarter mile marker. Her only challenge came in the stretch when Summer Touch furiously closed ground before running out of room. Smothastenesewisky (Trevor Smith) rallied from far back to pick up the show money. LADY ARTHUR REPLAY   Dr. Ian Moore trains and co-owns Lady Arthur with partners R G McGroup Ltd. And Serge Savard. Pace Baby Pace (Page) continued her winning ways in the $24,000 Mares Open Pace. She beat I Choose You (Mitch Cushing) and Talkaboutaqueen (Miller) in 1:52.4 for her seventh success in a dozen 2021 starts, all in Open company. The five-year-old daughter of Sweet Lou races for Burke Racing and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Racing resumes on Saturday (April 24) when another pair of $50,000 Scarlet & Gray Invitationals for Ohio's best sophomore colts and geldings will go postward. Post time is 4:05 p.m. For full race results, click here. From Miami Valley Raceway

LEBANON, OH - The lineups are set for the first two $50,000 Scarlet & Gray Invitationals at Miami Valley on Friday (April 23). The best Ohio-sired three year old fillies will go postward, trotters in the ninth race and pacers in the eleventh. Their male counterparts will contest another pair of $50,000 Scarlet & Gray Invitationals on Saturday (April 24). The filly trot features three horses with over $100,000 in earnings and average bounty for the nine entrants over $81,000. The first four finishers in last week's $40,000 James K. Hackett Memorial championship earned automatic berths in the Scarlet & Gray, as well as an elimination winner who made an unfortunate break in the final. Newcomers joining this week's fray include the place and show finishers in last year's $300,000 Ohio Sires Stakes championship, plus a filly that entered that race undefeated in five starts but made an untimely break in the final. The last starting berth was awarded to a filly that won seven of 13 races at two, including on the board finishes in both the Buckeye Stallion Series final and the Ohio Fairs final. Likely favorite is Swizzle Hanover (driver Mike Wilder), based on three wins in four starts already in 2021, including the Hackett championship. Sires Stakes leg winners Herculisa (Brett Miller), Celebrate With Me (Chris Page), My Jazz (Anthony MacDonald) and Katie's Lucky Day (Trevor Smith) are also likely to get support at the betting windows despite having less prep work thus far this season. Others in the field are Boujee Girl (Miller), Ozma (Aaron Merriman), Magic Credit Card (Miller) and I Am Winning (TBA). The filly pace field includes the top three finishers from last year's $300,000 OSS championship and the top three finishers from the recent Hackett final. There are a pair of $100,000-plus earners and the entire nine-horse field averages $94,000 in purse winnings early in their careers. A case could be made for almost every filly in the wide open race. From the rail out the contestants include Rainy Day Chic (Brett Miller), Lady Arthur (Ronnie Wrenn Jr.), Leave Her Wild (Mike Wilder), Rockin N Kissin (Tyler Smith), Babs Jansen (Kayne Kauffman), Summer Touch (Chris Page), Free Thinker (Page), Smothastenesewisky (TBA) and Pal O Mine (TBA). There are still a couple spots left in the colt divisions for Saturday. Trainers are invited to enter online by 11 a.m. Wednesday (April 21) or contact Race Secretary Gregg Keidel if interested in details. From Miami Valley Raceway    

LEBANON, OH - Harness racing driver Kayne Kauffman had the hot hand at Miami Valley Raceway on Sunday (April 18) with four wins on the 14-race program. His first winner was Socialprob Hanover who clocked a 1:55.1 mile for trainer Tim Lane in a condition/claiming event. The lightly raced three-year-old notched his second career triumph and returned $4.20 as the betting favorite.         SOCIALPROB HANOVER REPLAY     Kauffman next guided the trotter Guccio ATM to a 1:55 victory in a $14,000 condition event for trainer Herman Hagerman, returning $6 for his second seasonal win.   GUCCIO ATM REPLAY     Kayne's most impressive winner hailed from his own barn as Babs Jansen, an offseason acquisition, won convincingly from the outermost post position in 1:53.4. The three-year-old Ohio-sired daughter of Racing Hill, now owned by Steve Herrick, Mark Bogen and Kauffman's wife Natalie, has two wins in just eight starts. Last season, Babs Jansen was conditioned by Tony Alagna and finished fifth in The Standardbred freshman filly pace during Delaware, Ohio Grand Circuit week.   BABS JANSEN REPLAY     Caviart Cooper rewarded Kauffman with his fourth visit to the winner's circle, also giving trainer Herman Hagerman his second win on the day. Their backers received a $6.20 win payoff for the 1:53.3 mile in an $8000 condition pace for older horses.   CAVIART COOPER REPLAY     Racing resumes both Monday (April 19) and Tuesday (April 20) with a 2:05 p.m. post time each day. For full race results, click here. by Gregg Keidel, for Miami Valley  

Columbus, OH — The Ohio State Racing Commission is seeking a qualified individual to serve in the capacity of State Presiding Judge at Scioto Downs, Dayton Raceway and Miami Valley. There was a total of 254 race dates awarded for the year 2021. Duties include, but are not limited to: Exercising immediate supervision, control, and regulation of the licensed race meeting according to Ohio State Racing Commission (OSRC) rules. Impose on licensees, for violation of law or commission rules. Considering and reviewing all allegations of misconduct or rule infractions and when warranted, initiating investigations of the allegations and conducting necessary hearings or taking the action necessary to prevent rule infractions. Determining all questions, disputes, protests, complaints, or objections concerning racing matters which arise during a race meeting and enforcing such determinations. Interpreting and enforcing OSRC rules and determining all questions pertaining to racing matters in conformity with applicable laws. Issuing decisions or rulings pertaining to racing matters and race results. Conducting hearings on all questions, appeals, disputes, complaints, or objections concerning racing matters. Perform other duties assigned by the commission. Required Qualifications: The applicant has attended an accredited school or program. Has satisfactorily passed a written and oral examination given by an approved accredited school or program. Have been issued and maintained accreditation. Minimum of three years’ experience as an associate or state steward at an extended pari-mutuel meeting. Not under suspension or exclusion by any racing jurisdiction. Applicants should submit a comprehensive resume including education, background and professional qualifications and work experience. Contact details are as follows: Bill Crawford (phone: 614.466.2758) and e-mail (bill.crawford@racing.ohio.gov). From the Ohio State Racing Commission

LEBANON, OH - Harness racing driver Dan Noble enjoyed quite a night at Miami Valley Raceway Saturday (April 17) by racking up six wins including two feature races. Heart Of Chewbacca claimed the title in the $40,000 James K. Hackett Memorial championship for three-year-old Ohio-sired pacing colts; while Springsteen barely triumphed in the $24,000 Open I Handicap while making his first start at the southwest Ohio five-eighths mile oval. Charlie May (Brett Miller), who narrowly defeated Heart Of Chewbacca in an elimination heat last week, was sent to the front from the outside post position in :27.4. Miller tapped the breaks in the second quarter and stopped the halfway timer in :58. The much-anticipated showdown between Ohio's best two Ohio Sires Stakes freshmen was on during the third quarter when Noble tipped his charge out from third and moved quickly alongside his rival. The third quarter was clocked in an amazing :25.2. The pair rounded the final bend nose-to-nose until Charlie May made a speed break, the first of his career, as the pair entered the stretch. That allowed Heart Of Chewbacca to cruise home an easy open lengths winner over Laughagain Hanover (Kayne Kauffman) and Just Playing (Josh Sutton). Siri Said (Mitch Cushing) finished fourth to also advance to next week's $50,000 Scarlet & Gray Invitational at Miami Valley. HEART OF CHEWBACCA REPLAY   Noble's Norman Rae Racing Stable of Xenia co-owns the winner with Dennis Owens, although the son of Bring On The Beach was put under trainer Ron Burke's care early in his outstanding freshman season. Christi Noble, Dan's wife, recently began training Springsteen, who was purchased by Joshua Graber of Quincy, Michigan. In his first start for the new connections, the six-year-old son of Rock N Roll Heaven took full advantage of an advantageous inside draw to front a full field of accomplished Open pacers through fractions of :26.1, :53.2 and 1:20.3 before barely holding off fast closers My Hero Ron (Josh Sutton) and American Dreamer (Trevor Smith) in a close photo finish. Unfortunately, My Hero Ron went inside a pair of pylons in the stretch and was placed third behind American Dreamer in the official order of finish. SPRINGSTEEN REPLAY   Springsteen's share of the $24,000 purse pushed his earnings to $698,572 with 17 wins in 68 lifetime starts. A $20,000 Open II Pace went to Havefaithinme N (Trevor Smith) who pulled a mild upset over Grantmeawish (Sutton) and Drawing Dragons (Noble). J. D. Perrin trains the ten-year-old for his wife Tessa. The son of Bettor's Delight has scored 34 times and earning $1,433,593 in 108 starts. In addition to Dan Noble's six wins, Brett Miller managed a Grand Slam with four tallies on the 14-race card. Racing resumes Sunday afternoon at Miami Valley with a 2:05 p.m. post time. For full race results, click here. From Miami Valley Raceway

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