Northwest Ohio's own Paulding County Fair is the beginning for many a talented and award-winning harness horses.
Northwest Ohio's own Paulding County Fair is the beginning for many a talented and award-winning harness horses.
By Thom Pye for the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association

PAULDING – It is the 158th annual Paulding County Fair and harness racing action returns June 11-13 to the historic track that has occupied the hearts and hopes of area residents since 1872.

Monday evening's card offers a 5 p.m. post time and debuts the Ohio Fair Racing Conference's two-year-old filly pacers as well as the two-year-old colt trotters for their very first lifetime stakes races. With such an abundance of quality horses and opportunities in Ohio, we may be witness to the start of another career such as the Jim Mullinix-trained Lost In Time p2, 1:50.1s. The son of A Rocknroll Dance-Summer Mystery made his debut on the Ohio County Fair Circuit in 2017 and went on the be honored as the United States Harness Writers Association's Dan Patch Award-winning two-year-old pacer of the year as he amassed over $633,000 in just nine starts.

The three-year-old colt pacers get to strut their stuff as well.

Tuesday's 5 p.m. program offers the O.F.R.C. two-year-old colt pacers and the two-year-old filly trotters begin their careers as well as three-year-old colt trotters go head-to-head.

Completing the three-day harness card on Wednesday, June 13, are the three-year-old filly trotters and pacers including the start of the Ohio Ladies Pace Series as the highly-competitive and talented female drivers do battle in a summer-long event.

The Paulding County Pace brings together the area trainers' Free-For-Allers which promises some pretty good racin'.

While you enjoy all the fine offerings of the Fair be sure to stop by the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association Racing With The Stars tent and test your Ohio and Paulding and harness horse trivia for prizes.

We will see you at the Fair!