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Fulton finishes with a flourish
Wednesday, September 05, 2018 - by Thom Pye, for the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association

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Wauseon, OH --- As it has ever since 1857 Fulton County proudly offers its Fair as "the Top of Ohio" and is host to some top racing as well. On Saturday (Sept.1) two Ohio Fair Racing Conference stakes races were presented in a card of 11 that stepped out to a good crowd.

Gerald Mijal's Tanner J with Greg Bateson took the OFRC $9,420 2-year-old pace by eight lengths in 2:00.2 when the altered son of Believeincruiser flew home in :58.2 as This Big Boy Rocks (Don Harmon) and Shookie (Pierce Henry) were part of the audience as well.

The $8,970 OFRC 3-year-old filly trot, held in memory of Ray Sugg, was grabbed by Ed Greeno Jr. with Dontstopdreaming as she took the event in 2:03 over Captainna (Cody Greeno) and La VieEst Belle (Josh Slater) for her 13th win in 28 lifetime starts.

The two C.K.G Billings Amateur Trots were taken by Larry Farley with Ronan and Sum It Up driven by Joey Putnam who also steered Basher by six in 1:59.2 as they bested a field of conditioned trotters.

A performance of note on Saturday brought back memories from last year at this time when Jim Mulinix introduced his colt Lost In Time who would go onto garner the 2017 2-year-old Colt Pacer of the Year Award. Saturday it was Leaderofthedance, another A Rocknroll Dance colt who stopped the teletimer in 2:04.2 in his very first footing on the racetrack. Don Harmon aimed him straight for the winner's circle when he took the maiden pace.

Tuesday (Sept. 4) night's well-attended 12 card program offered a plethora of OFRC contests and Mike Hale and Don Locricchio's 2-year-old Atlantic Star (Cheyenne Rei-Atlantic Filly) found her footing again and posted win number seven in eight lifetime starts as she battled a tough and determined group of fillies before taking the event in 1:59 over Pacificfliteonova (Duke Sugg) and Ambitious Lillian (Mark Headworth) with a gutsy performance.

Art McIllmurray would score the first of a driving quartette with Russ Sutherland's Hall N Bro as the Dejarmbro 2-year-old gelding would trot in 2:05 for his sixth win in 11 2018 starts. The 3rd race was also the first of two Racing With The Stars fan contests and as his galpal Terri M of Toledo collected her OHHA prize package, greyhound owner Tom G was excitedly darting around taking in all the action on the racetrack and in the grandstand. "This is great!" he exclaimed. "I've got to be part of this!"

The Melssa McQueen-conditioned Tinker Toy (Art McIllmurray) would win the OFRC 3-year-old colt pace in 1:58.3 by a length over Wild Eyed Yankee (Duke Sugg) and Upfront And Gone with Pierce Henry.

Duke Sugg used a well-measured finish to pilot Jim Mulinix's Need A Winner as the altered son of Neely Dunn trotted in 1:59 and won by a head over Angels Ransom (Ken Holliday) as Impressive Chief (Greg Bateson) shared the photo finish.

There was no photo finish needed when Gerald Mijal's Believe In Waco stormed home in :28 to take the $9,000 OFRC 3-year-old filly pace in 1:58 for her 11th win in 17 season's starts. The Steve Novak trainee was 3-1/2 lengths on top over Connies Desire (Pierce Henry) while Crazy K (Ken Holliday) took the show position.

Another open length winner was L&L Deviser LLC's Gonnarockyourworld when Pierce Henry won by five with the Joe Seekman protégé in 1:58.3 over Ohio Prince (Ken Holliday) and Don Harmon aboard RJ'S Dragon.

I Get It got it again when owner, trainer and driver Bob Rowland teamed the Dontyouforgetit gelding to a new lifetime mark as they bested Brother Tom (Kent Hess) and Dont Tell Luke (Duke Sugg) by seven, trotting in 2:02.3 for win six in nine lifetime appearances.

The whole Wauseon community proudly gets behind their Fair and, as one lady once said about her filly, "She's not only a world champion...she looks it too."

"The Top of Ohio" rings true.

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