Freshmen vie in final leg of Ohio Sires Stakes

Northfield, OH – A quartet of $50,000 Ohio Sires Stakes for freshman pacing colts and fillies will be contested on Monday night (Aug. 17) at Northfield Park, and will determine the starting fields for Super Night, scheduled for Sept. 5 at Scioto Downs. First race post time at Northfield is 6 p.m., EDT.

A total of 14 pacing fillies are set to vie, along with 13 pacing colts in these OSS contests.  Ohio-registered stallions represented include six by Well Said, four by Racing Hill and two each by Domethatagain, McArdle, Nob Hill High, The Panderosa and Western Vintage.  Stallions represented by one foal each include Arthur Blue Chip, Art Official, Bring On The Beach, Manhardt, Rockin Amadeus and Yankee Cruiser.

Multiple leg winner Summer Touch is the likely favorite for trainer Ron Burke in the first of two divisions of the OSS for 2-year-old fillies at Northfield Park on Monday. JJ Zamaiko Photo.

The first OSS pacing filly division (race one) is the most competitive, with four previous OSS winners set to battle, including the multiple leg-winning Summer Touch, who captured Leg Two in 1:54.2 and Leg Three in 1:51.4.  She will be joined by Leg One winner Lady Arthur (1:53.2), Leg One winner Leave Her Wild (1:55.1) and Leg Two winner Rainy Day Chic (1:54.1).

The second OSS pacing filly division (race five) pits Leg One winner Winella Hanover (1:54.4) against Sentimental, who captured Leg One in 1:56.1 and Leg Two in 1:53.2.

The first OSS division for pacing colts appears to be a wide-open event with no returning OSS winners. Barnard Hanover, a Ron Burke-trainee, will be the likely favorite via his second- and third-place finishes in previous OSS contests.

The second pacing colt division (race seven) sees a trio of previous leg winners in Hardt At Work, a Leg One winner in 1:55.1 and Leg Three winner in 1:52.2.  In addition, Heart Of Chewbacca, impressive in his only OSS start captured Leg Three in 1:51.1, while Charlie May captured Leg One in 1:54.2 and Leg Two in 1:53.

It appears that Ron Burke may have the favorite in each of these four divisions.  He has two entries each in the first, fifth and seventh races and his lone entry in the second race (Four-Star Flash) is the 8-5 morning line favorite.

Summer Touch is the likely favorite in the first filly event (race one), with stablemate Free Thinker joining her in her quest for first place money.  In the second filly division (race five), Burke harnesses likely favorite Winella Hanover along with stablemate Pinknperfect.  Burke will also tighten the girth on Barnard Hanover in the first colt division (race two), as well as likely favorite Heart Of Chewbacca and stablemate Hill Yeah in the second colts and geldings division (race seven).

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