Burke and Page dominate Ohio Sires Stakes

Northfield, OH – It was the Ron Burke and Chris Page show on Saturday night (Aug. 15) at Northfield Park as the trainer-driver combo captured three of four Ohio Sires Stakes for 3-year-olds.

Chris Page guided It’s Academic to the win in the first of three OSS victories he combined with trainer Ron Burke for at Northfield Park Saturday. JJ Zamaiko Photo.

It’s Academic and driver Page captured the first of two $50,000 Ohio Sires Stakes for sophomore trotting colts handily in 1:55.1.  The son of Uncle Peter-Annapolis-Muscle Hill was the 1-5 favorite, hailing from the barn of Ron Burke and upped his seasonal earnings to $150,572 and career earnings to $279,574 for owners Burke Racing Stable LLC, Bill Donovan, Joe Sbrocco and the Hatfield Stables.  Dan Noble steered Doubleyellowline (3-1) to second-place money with 18-1 Bold Strategy getting up for third with Kurt Sugg aboard.

Page returned to score another OSS triumph with the 3-year-old pacing filly Crowntimerockette in 1:51.3.  The daughter of Pet Rock, out of the Feelin Friskie mare Crown Time Keeper sat in the pocket behind the leader and eventual second-place finisher 3-5 PJ’s Legacy (Ryan Stahl) before unleashing a hefty late kick to win at odds of 3-1. McMarkle Sparkle got up for third at 7-2 for driver Brett Miller.  Crowntimerockette notched her sixth seasonal victory in 15 starts and pushed her earnings to $72,060 and her career earnings to $82,305 for Burke Racing Stable LLC, Allan Schmucker Jr., Weaver Bruscemi LLC, and Lawrence Karr.

The Paige-Burke winning combo continued in the second OSS division for 3-year-old pacing fillies as 18-1 Rockngo BB scored in 1:53.  Owned by Burke Racing Stable LLC, Frank Baldachino, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and Lawrence Karr, the brown daughter of Pet Rock, out of the Art’s Chip mare Gingo B B picked up her second seasonal win in three tries and now has $29,750 in career earnings for her connections.  Favorite (3-5) Artful Dancer was second for Dan Noble and 8-5 Ellagator notched show honors with Ronnie Wrenn, Jr. at the controls.

Action Uncle, the 1-9 favorite, took the second OSS contest for 3-year-old trotting colts and geldings in 1:55 for driver Brett Miller and trainer Virgil Morgan, Jr.  The son of Uncle Peter-Action-Broadway, by Broadway Hall is now six-for-six on the season, with 2020 earnings of $166,500 for owners Carl Howard, Joyce McClelland and Larry Wills. Yanks Dougout (21-1) was second for Kurt Sugg with Buxton (99-1) third for Dan Noble.

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