3CP Rock Candy's 1:50.3 leads OSS
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Three $40,000 contests for trotters saw 2-5 Lane Of Stone notch the first division victory in a new life mark of 1:53.1 with Jeff Nisonger driving for trainer Mark Winters Sr. The brown son of Wishing Stone's time was a national season’s record for a 3-year-old trotting colt on a five-eighths-mile oval and was his second straight triumph this season in as many starts.
Patti’s Main Man trotted to a new career clocking of 1:55.1 for driver Jeremy Smith and owner-trainer Mike Sowers in the second OSS division. The 6-1 son of Manofmanymissions put in a game effort through the stretch, holding off the hard-trying, 3-5 Serenity Cruise (Chris Page) by a half-length and completing his front-stepping triumph. Kayne Kauffman steered 24-1 longshot Ilooklikeanallstar to a third-place finish.
Bred by Midland Acres, Patti’s Main Man now has $20,000 earned in 2019 and $92,455 lifetime from seven wins, two seconds and two thirds in 15 career starts. He is the 14th foal out of the American Winner mare Patti Page and is a half-brother to Get Chipped (by Chip Chip Hooray) 6,1:54.3 ($415,424) and Express Justice 5,1:54.3f ($282,311).
Wittyville captured the third OSS trotting division, taking a new career mark of 1:54.3 in the process for driver Chris Page. Trained by Ron Burke, the Manofmanymissions colt left the gate at odds of 5-2, quickly taking the lead past the opening panel and trotting to a 2-3/4 length victory, his fifth in 13 career starts and third this season in four starts. Shake N Bake (Ryan Stahl) was second at 3-1 odds, while 20-1 longshot Voyage To Paris (Kayne Kauffman) got up for third.
Owned by Burke Racing Stable, Knox Services and Weaver Bruscemi, Wittyville now has $254,653 earned lifetime and $47,500 in his seasonal bank account. He is the sixth foal out of the SJ’s Photo mare Witty Girl 3,1:58.2f ($32,602) and is a full brother to Mission Accepted 3,1:52f ($420,454) and a half-brother to March Awareness (by Ken Warkentin) 1:53f ($433,264).
In the first of two $50,000 OSS pacing divisions, 2-5 favorite Rock Candy stole the show with a dominating, wire-to-wire 1:50.3 score. The brown gelding couldn’t have looked better for owners Country Club Acres, Joe Sbrocco and Richard Lombardo as he captured his sixth lifetime win in 12 starts and his third victory this season in as many tries. Trained by Brian Brown, Rock Candy now has $260,826 in career earnings, with $56,250 earned this season. Cross Country was second at 9-2 for Luke Ebersole, while 24-1 Rose Run Ulysses was third with Aaron Merriman at the lines.
Bred by Mark Moger and Albert Delia Jr., Rock Candy is the third foal out of the Sportsmaster mare Cotton Candy p,3,1:52.3 ($188,312), making him a half-brother to Mr D’s Dragon (by Dragon Again) p,4,1:50.1f ($250,158).
The second OSS division saw Seattle Hanover score a new life clocking of 1:50.3 in rein to Chris Page. The Ron Burke trainee was sent off as the 6-5 favorite and battled throughout the mile with 5-2 Dislocator (Ronnie Wrenn Jr.) for first prize, holding off his rival by 1-1/2 lengths at the wire. McMoe was third for driver Brett Miller.
Lifetime, Seattle Hanover has amassed $103,682 from three wins, three seconds and four thirds in 16 starts and this year has a 2-1-3 record in seven tries with $54,000 in seasonal earnings for owners Burke Racing Stable, Larry Karr, J&T Silva-Purnell & Libby, and Weaver Bruscemi. Bred by Hanover Shoe Farms, Seattle Hanover.--By Kimberly Rinker/Ohio Standardbred Development Fund