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Today's Top Racing Stories
Ohio Breeders Stakes for Freshmen and Sophomores
Ohio Breeders Stakes for Freshmen and Sophomores kicks off at Scioto Downs
Thursday, August 07, 2014 - from Scioto Downs Racino
The Ohio Breeders Stakes for colts and fillies on their respective gates will go post ward on Friday and Saturday night.
The trotting and pacing two-year olds will have their chance at the cash on Friday. Starting in race one on the 12-race card the two-year filly pacers will go for a purse of $26,200.
Bell Flower and Chris Page are slated as the 3-5 morning line favorite for trainer, Jim Arledge Jr. She’s an impressive three for three and will look to continue her perfect record. She will start from post three in the eight horse field.
Race two and three are the split divisions of the two-year filly trotters. The fields of seven will race for a purse of $16,600.
Dark Roast for trainer Marty Wollam is one of the morning line favorites in race two. Rightfully so, she’s coming off a notable Ohio State Fair Stakes win in 2:01.3. Standing in the filly’s way will be her own stable mate, Influential Girl and Chip Girl from the Krista Harmon barn.
The flawless Sunrise Nibbles for trainer, Chris Beaver will try to extend her winning streak to four when she starts from post five in race three with driver, Chris Page.
The two-year old colt trotters are slated for race five and the full field of nine will battle it out for a share of the $26,800 purse.
Neely’s Messenger for trainer and driver, Marty Wollam will start from post two as the 2-1 favorite. He dominated a similar group last week in the Ohio State Fair Stakes at Scioto Downs in a new lifetime best performance of 1:58.3 by a margin of 7 and ¾ lengths.
Race 11 is the final Ohio Breeders Stakes for 2-year colt pacers. A field of six will race for a bounty of $26,400. Click here to read more......
Thursday, August 07, 2014 - Ayers Ratliff, Northfield Park Publicity Department
Northfield, OH---Eight local legends will do battle in a race that will turn back the clock for many harness racing fans at Northfield Park on Friday night (Aug. 15).
The "Legends Driver Challenge" will pit Northfield leading drivers of days-gone-by in a trotting event that will serve as a warm-up for the inaugural $400,000 (est.) Carl Milstein Memorial, a Grand Circuit event for 3-year-old colt pacers later in the card.
Gerry Bookmyer, Doug Hamilton, Don Irvine Jr., William Irvine, Keith Kash, Dan Ross, Don McKirgan and Bill Zendt will battle in a conditioned trot that will be part of the Milstein undercard. The eight veteran reinsmen have combined to win driving titles at Northfield from a span that covered the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s.
Also on Milstein night, freshman Ohio Sires Stakes pacers and trotters will square off for purses of $40,000 per division.
Northfield’s V.P. of Racing and Simulcasting Dave Bianconi is also attempting to fill an Open Pace, a Filiies and Mares Open Pace and and Open Trot, each with an improved purse of $20,000, on Milstein Memorial Night.
Entries for all of the races to be contested on Friday night (Aug. 15) at Northfield are due by 9 a.m. (EDT) on Tuesday morning (Aug. 12)
Ohio State Fair Races go out in style at Scioto Downs
Sunday, August 03, 2014 - from Scioto Downs Racino
The rich Ohio State Fair races were contested Saturday night (Aug 2) at Scioto Downs.
Sandys Victory and Josh Sutton conquered the 3-year-old filly trot in 1:56.2. Sandys Victory is a daughter of Victory Sam out of Amessageforsandy. She's trained by Larry Tinch who partially owns with John Reames.
She started from post six in the lone division of 11 for a purse of $87,000. Sutton let the filly trot out of there to ensure a good spot and that's exactly what they got. The pair landed in the two-hole behind In The Grippers and Chris Page. The perfect pocket trip paid dividends for her connections when Sutton pulled on the right line at the top of the stretch. She trotted to a comfortable victory and held off the late charge from Anniesbluejeanbaby with Greg Grismore and In The Grippers was third......click here to read more-
Sandys Victory and Josh Sutton conquered the 3-year-old filly trot in 1:56.2
Big Bossman and Greg Grismore conquered their field in 1:53.2.
Ohio State Fair Racing returns to Scioto Downs
From Scioto Downs Racino
Ohio State Fair races for two and three-year olds in their respective divisions will be contested on Friday (August 1) and Saturday (August 2). First race post time is 6:30 p.m.
Friday’s 13-race card will shine the spotlight on the Ohio bred two-year olds for each gait and sex. The skilled freshman will race for abundant purses in nine races on the program.
Highlighting their divisions will be undefeated two-year colt pacer, Gray Camo trained by Ron Burke, two-year filly trotter, Sunrise Nibbles for Christopher Beaver and two-year old filly pacer, Bell Flower for her new conditioner, Jim Arledge Jr.
Saturday’s 14-race program will feature the talented three-year old filly and colt, trotters and pacers. The three-year olds make up six races on the card, including the one division of 11, three-year old colt trotters. The trotting superstar, Rompaway Galaxy will start from post eight with driver Mike Micallef and is the 6-5 morning line favorite. The full field will be chasing after a $90,000 purse.
The three-year filly trotters also had only one division for all the chips. They will race for a bounty of $87,000 and be a full field of 11.
Sandys Victory and Josh Sutton are the tepid 3-1 morning line favorite and will start from post six. This filly is coming off an impressive Sire Stakes victory in 1:57.2 for trainer and partial owner, Larry Tinch.
Along with the exciting racing action on Friday and Saturday, Scioto Downs will also have a Driver Autograph session on Friday. Drivers will be in the grandstands starting at 5:45 p.m. until 6:20 p.m. Then on Saturday night, Scioto Downs will be giving away free cups with the purchase of your living racing program and have carnival games for the kids set-up on the grandstand apron. The proceeds will benefit The Mid-Ohio Food Bank.
Five More Award Winners Announced as Part of Northfield Park’s Wall of Fame Night Celebration
Dean Davis, Monica Drago, Nadine Habke, Deb Sweney and Dr. Dan Wilson will be recognized as part of the Wall of Fame ceremonies at Northfield Park on Sunday, August 10, 2014. The banquet festivities begin at 5:00 p.m. Dean Davis is the newest recipient of Northfield Park’s Distinguished Owner Award. Davis has had success in harness racing on and off the racetrack. He has made tremendous contributions to the sport, earning respect as a loyal and encouraging owner with a keen eye for young racing prospects. His racing stock has been extremely successful. Davis has owned such prominent horses as Lisa Mac, Blastaway Sahbra, Gramma Gordie and his pride and joy, Dunkster. Davis convinced Northwestern Ohio trainer Ivan Sugg’s son, Kurt, to go out on his own and helped the younger Sugg throughout his career launch. The two have been an owner/trainer team since 1995. “He’s treated me like a son,” described Kurt of their relationship.
Ronnie Wrenn Jr. Dominates Wednesday Card at Northfield Park
July 16, 2014
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Northfield Park’s leading driver, Ronnie Wrenn Jr., drove nine winners on Wednesday (July 16) at Northfield Park, dominating the 15-race program. Wrenn’s nine scores included Hit By Lightning ($2.40) in race two, Lock Three ($3.00) in race four, Artistic Dreamer ($5.00) in race six, Singin Blues ($6.40) in race eight, Victory Candy Man ($4.00) in race nine, Royal Cam-Hall ($4.60) in race 10, Nordic Venture ($3.00) in race 11, R Master Scott ($6.80) in race 14 and Basilio Blue Chip ($2.20) in race 15. Those wins swept the evening’s Pick 4 and the Late Double. Wrenn, 27, began driving in 2008 and has since garnered 1,715 career victories and has $6,388,278 in total purse earnings. He has posted 262 victories so far this year over Northfield’s Flying Turns, placing him on top of the local driving ranks. Chasing in the Northfield standing are Josh Sutton (252), Aaron Merriman (205), Kurt Sugg (93) and Keith Kash Jr. (85). Wrenn drives at other racing venues on his days off from Northfield. He has been winning at impressive rates wherever he goes. To date, Wrenn has piloted 390 wins so far in 2014, ranking him as the second winngest driver in North America. Wrenn won the national driving title last year by posting 714 wins in 2013.
July 16, 2014
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The $150,000 Battle of Lake Erie has drawn an impressive field of eight horses [field summary below] and goes postward this Saturday evening, July 19 as Northfield Park’s twelfth race. Approximate post time for this event is 11:00 p.m. The Battle is a contest for North America’s top open pacers. Superfecta wagering has been added to Saturday’s twelfth race, the Battle feature. Saturday’s first race post time is 6:00 p.m.....
Ohio Sires Stakes action highlighted the Fourth Of July day card at Scioto Downs
The pacing and trotting two-year old colts and geldings took their turns for a
chance at the $40,000 purse, in their respective divisions.....
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