Columbus, OH — Five Ohio Sires Stakes divisions of freshman fillies will line up behind the Northfield Park starting gate on Friday night (Aug. 7). Two $50,000 divisions of pacing fillies and three $40,000 divisions of trotting fillies are slated to go postward in round three of the four-leg series, with a first race post of 6 p.m. (EDT).
Sixteen OSS-eligible pacing fillies passed the Northfield Park entry box, with those events slated as races one and three. Ohio-registered stallions represented in these events include five by first crop sire Racing Hill, three by Well Said and two by Nob Hill High. The stallions Arthur Blue Chip, Domethatagain, McArdle, Rockin Amadeus, The Panderosa and Western Vintage are represented by one foal each.
In the first OSS pacing division, a trio of previous winners return to wage war, including the Ron Burke trained Summer Touch, who was second in leg one to the winning Lady Arthur in 1:53.2, and then captured leg two in 1:54.2. Owned by Burke Racing, Knox Services, Slaughter Racing and Weaver Bruscemi, this homebred daughter of Well Said, out of the Real Desire mare Real Touch, has amassed $55,000 thus far in her brief career. She starts from post five with Chris Page in the driver’s seat.
The aforementioned Lady Arthur drew the eight-hole for trainer Dr. Ian Moore and driver Ronnie Wrenn Jr. Owned by Moore in partnership with RG McGroup and Serge Savard, this daughter of Arthur Blue Chip-April Three was third in leg two, beaten only a length, after winning leg one in 1:53.2. She has $52,188 in her coffers from two wins, a second and a third in four career starts.
Leg two winner (1:54.1) Rainy Day Chic starts from post four in this same division for driver Brett Miller, trainer Dan O’Mara and owner-breeder Marjorie Polhamus. A winner of $31,781 lifetime, Rainy Day Chic is by Rockin Amadeus, out of the Always A Virgin mare Fritzie Chic.
Sentimental heads up the second pacing division despite drawing the eight-hole for driver Tyler Smith and trainer John Ackley. Bred by Marvin Raber, the daughter of The Panderosa is out of the Nobleland Sam mare Downwyn Kate, and is unbeaten thus far in the OSS series, with a 1:56.1 triumph in leg one and a 1:53.2 victory in leg two. Owned by the CT Stables, Sentimental sports career earnings of $43,750.
Fierce rival Winella Hanover drew the rail for driver Chris Page and trainer Ron Burke. This Racing Hill-Western Duel lass won leg one in 1:54.4, but was a disappointing sixth in leg two for owners Burke Racing, Weaver Bruscemi, Jason Melillo and J&T Silva-Purnel & Libby. Bred by Hanover Shoe Farms, Winella Hanover has $97,800 in her bankroll.
Sentimental is the current leader in the OSS 2-year-old pacing filly division through the first two legs with 102 points, followed by Summer Touch and Leave Her Wild who are tied for second with 77 points each, followed by Lady Arthur with 65 points, Winella Hanover with 52 points and Rainy Day Chic with 51 points.
Among the diagonally-gaited distaffs, the stallions My MVP, Triumphant Caviar and Uncle Peter are represented by four foals each, with Break The Bank K, Cash Hall, Full Count and Southwind Spirit all represented by two foals each. The stallions Coraggioso, Credit Fashion, Dontyouforgetit and Winning Fireworks each have one foal competing in these OSS contests.
The Ron Burke-trainee Merry Ann heads up the first of the three OSS contests for trotting fillies (race two) from post five with Chris Page driving. Owned by Burke Racing, Knox Services and Weaver Bruscemi, this daughter of Southwind Spirit-Witty Girl finished second in leg one in 1:58.2 before winning leg two in a career best 1:57.4. The homebred Merry Ann now has two wins and a pair of second-place finishes with $55,200 in career earnings.
A Doll Face, who leaves from post seven in this same division, won leg one in 1:59.4, then finished second to Merry Ann in leg two for trainer-driver Kayne Kauffman and owner Doug Millard. Bred by Spring Haven Farm, A Doll Face is by Dontyouforgetit, out of the Muscle Massive mare Alliomi and has $33,704 in her bank account.
Swizzle Hanover is the clear standout in the second OSS trotting division (race four), having won leg one in 1:57.1 and leg two in 1:57.4. The daughter of Uncle Peter-Seducedbychocolate was bred by Hanover Shoe Farms and is owned by trainer Randy Bendis and Reed Broadway. From three career starts Swizzle Hanover has two wins and a second and leaves from post two with Mike Wilder at the controls.
Herculisa is an undefeated daughter of My MVP owned by the Jesemeral Stable and leaves from post five in the third OSS trotting test (race six). Out of the Andover Hall mare Herculotte Hanover, the filly won leg one in 1:58.1 and leg two in 1:56.2. Bred by Joe McLead, Billy Walters and Up Front Racing, Herculisa has amassed earnings of $41,812 thus far.
Trainer Marty Wollam harnesses Celebrate With Me in this same division from post eight. Kurt Sugg drives the daughter of Full Count-Glisten Hanover for trainer Wollam, who owns her in partnership with Toni Dean. Bred by Marvin Raber, Celebrate With Me has $48,622 in career earnings from two wins and two thirds in four starts. She was third in leg one to Swizzle Hanover and captured leg two in a lifetime mark of 1:56.4.
Swizzle Hanover and Herculisa are tied for first place in the OSS 2-year-old filly division standings, with 102 points each, followed by A Doll Face and Merry Ann who are tied for second with 77 points each. Celebrate With Me has 64 points with Chip It In next with 57 points, followed by More Spirit and Magic Credit Card with 52 points each.