Day At The Track

Northfield Park's Cleveland Trotting Classic

07:16 AM 01 Jul 2015 NZST
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Cleveland Trotting Classic
Cleveland Trotting Classic

Northeast Ohio's newest premier race, the Cleveland Trotting Classic, will go to post Friday (July 3) at Northfield Park. The Classic carries a $170,000 purse for its inaugural edition and has attracted some of the best veteran trotters in North America. The Grand Circuit race is the featured event of a stakes-laden program. The Friday harness racing card offers total purses of $647,500.

Obrigado drew post two and has been named the 2-1 morning-line favorite in the Classic field by Northfield Park Executive Vice President of Racing and Simulcasting, Dave Bianconi. Entering Friday's race off a 1:51.3 lifetime mark in the $50,000 TVG Free for All at the Meadowlands, Canadian Mark MacDonald has been named to drive the 5 year-old Boy Band gelding. Obrigado sports 31wins, including 21 consecutive victories earlier in his career, and has lifetime earnings of $421,164.

DW's NY Yank is the 3-1 second choice. He drew post three for powerhouse trainer Ron Burke. The six year-old has five wins this year and 37 career victories. DW's NY Yank is a hard-hitting Open trotter that has garnered career earnings of $855,914 with a 1:51.3 mark at Pocono Downs taken in 2013.

Daylon Magician is the richest in the field with $1,849,527 in earnings. The son of Kadabra drew post seven and is 6-1. The seven year-old has five wins this year and 30 lifetime scores, the richest being the $1,020,000 Canadian Trot at Mohawk Racetrack in 2011. Jack Moiseyev is the seven year-old's trainer and driver. Daylon Magician has a 1:51.1 mark at Mohawk Racetrack, trotted in 2013.

The 2015 Cleveland Trotting Classic field:

Horse   Sire   Driver   Trainer   M/L

1 - Count Me In by Full Count - Aaron Merriman* Ron Burke 9-2

2 - Obrigado by Boy Band - Mark MacDonald Paul Kelley 2-1

3 - DW's NY by Dilbert Hanover -  Yank Chris Page Ron Burke 3-1

4 - Awesome Valley by  - Aaron Merriman* Joseph Hundertpfund Jr. 20-1

5 - Datsyuk by Explosive Matter - Charlie Norris Charlie Norris 15-1

6 - Rompaway Galaxy by Rompaway Wally - Aaron Merriman* Krista Harmon 12-1

7 - Daylon Magician by Kadabra - Jack Moiseyev Jack Moiseyev 6-1

8 - Il Sogno Dream by Cantab Hall - Aaron Merriman* Christopher Beaver 8-1

*Driver selections will be finalized by 9:00 p.m. Tuesday evening.

Powerful Undercard

This year's Classic program undercard highlights 11 $40,000 Ohio Sires Stakes races featuring the best freshman filly pacers and trotters in the Buckeye State. There will be six divisions of filly pacers and five filly trot stake races going to post.

Superfecta wagering has been added to Friday's 11th race, the Classic feature. A $10,000 Guaranteed Pick 4 has also been added and covers races eight through 11. First race post time is 6:00 p.m.

In addition to superior racing action, Battle night will also offer guests a buffet in Lady Luck's clubhouse dining room. The buffet is just $19.95. Reservations are preferred and can be made by calling 330-467-4101.

Guests who want to be close to all of the racing action can stop by the grandstand apron for a plethora of FREE fanfare activities. These attractions include a t-shirt toss from the winner's circle by the successful driver of each race, driver meet-and-greets and commemorative poster signings throughout the evening, Harness Racing Bingo offering over $1,000 in cash and prizes, country band Six String Cowboy performing on the apron from 6:00 till 10:00 p.m., and spinning of the Northfield Park Prize Wheel for cash and prizes from 8:00 till 9:30 p.m.

Ayers Ratliff

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