On Saturday, July 21 Northfield Park hosted four divisions of Ohio Sires Stakes harness racing action as highlights to the evening's Battle of Lake Erie program. Two-year-old colt trotters and pacers each competed in two divisions.
On the trotting side, Neely Spring went gate to wire to win the $16,300 first division. The race was Neely Spring’s second victory in three lifetime starts. The colt was victorious at the Hilliard fair on July 14. Dan Noble piloted the colt for owner Fred Polk and Trainer Eric Nesselroad. Noble steered Neely Spring through fractional times of 30.2, 1:03, 134 and 2:04. The clocking represents a lifetime mark for thecolt. Finishing behind Neely spring was Master Miracle, Flashy Cash, Chet N Spanky and Sundaysacoming. Neely Spring returned $2.80 for the win.
Heza Rube took the $16,300 second division for two-year old colt and gelding Ohio-breds for Northfield Park Wall of Fame trainer Marty Wollam. Thegelding started from post five and sustained a successful bid to easily overhaul Masterdream Chaser. Kurt Sugg drove for owner Bob Troyer. It was his second career start and the youngster remains undefeated, winning his first race on July 4 at Scioto Downs. Third behind Masterdream Chaser was Clipper Power followed by Final Breath, Sammy Sammy Sammy and Trottin On Over. Heza Rube paid $4.00 to win.
Feelin Lika Winner was impressive winning the $17,200 first pacing division. Kayne Kauffman drove the gelding for trainer Scot Mogan and owners Diamond Chip Stable, AWS Stable, C. Guiler and S. Mogan. The son ofsat third, watching rivals Friskie By Design and Phantom duel through opening fractions of 27.2 and 56.3. Kauffman brushed the Feelin Lika Winner at the half, took the lead and never looked back. Feelin Lika Winner tripped the three-quarters in 1:27.1 and finishedthe mile in 1:56.3. This was first victory in two starts. Finishing in succession after the winner were Outdoor Fever, Phantom Flasher, Chief Friskie, Friskie By Design and Back Mount. Feelin Lika Winner returned $2.60 to win.
The final Ohio Sires Stake race of the evening was the $17,200 second division for two year-old colt and gelding pacers. That Friske Feelin was the benefactor of soft fractions to remain undefeated in three races. Driver Kyle Ater had That Friske Feelin, a son of Friske Feelin, in front through virtually the entire mile. They set fractions of 29.1, 1:00, 1:29.3 and 1:57.4. Jim Arledge Jr trains this gelding for owners Howard Taylor, Edwin Gold and Richard Lombardo. Completing the event was My Last Chance, Forever Kissed, Dusto, Sectionline Road and River Valley Pearl. Friske Feelin paid $2.20 to win as the 1-9 favorite.