On Friday, August 30 Northfield Park hosted the fourth leg of Ohio Sires Stake racing action for two year-old fillies as part of their 14-race program. Trotters and pacers each competed in two divisions.
The trotters started the stakes action in the evening’s opening race. In The Grippers (Steven One-Over Baked-Overcomer) bested her competition by 8 ½-lengths in her $30,000 stakes event. The race was In The Grippers’ fifth win in six starts. Northfield Park’s leading driver, Chris Page, piloted the filly for trainer Virgil Morgan Jr. and owner Herres Stables LLC of Bellbrook, Ohio.
In The Grippers started from post five. Page sent her to the lead and never experienced an anxious moment at any point of the mile. She posted fractions of :29.2, 1:00.3, 1:31.1 and 2:01.1. Friday’s victory pushed In The Grippers’ bankroll to $81,225. Finishing behind In The Grippers were Rose Run Princess, Cookie N Ice Cream, Sandys Victory and Majesty Sam. In The grippers returned $4.60 to win.
Pacers took to the stage next for the second race of the evening. Shakin Friskie (Feelin Friskie-Shakrurcancancress-The Panderosa) took the lion’s share of her $30,000 division. She was one of two eventual winners for her connections. Kyle Ater piloted the filly for trainer Mark Winters Sr. and the owning partnership of Bret Schwartz, William Bean and Stephen Montemarano.
Shakin Friskie started from the rail and sat fourth through blistering early fractions of :26.4 and :57.3. Ater sent her on her way in the third panel and was second at the 1:27.3 three-quarter pole. She took the lead in the stretch and maintained a length margin of victory, stopping the timer at 1:58.2. The clocking is a new lifetime mark for Shakin Friskie and propelled her earnings to $24,805. She was followed across the wire by R Spunky Girl, Spiffy Sam, APP Panda and Lucky L. Fayco Filly was scratched sick. Shakin Friskie paid $10.60 to win
Northfield adds $12,500 Pick Five to Tuesday card
Northfield Park is announcing the addition of a $12,500 Pick-5 total pool guarantee to Tuesday’s (September 3) program.
Beginning in Race 3, the $12,500 Pick-5 guaranteed total pool includes a carryover of $2,065.32.
Northfield’s Pick 5, Pick 4 and the Pick 3’s offer a reduced takeout rate of just 14 percent.
Tuesday’s post time is 6:30 p.m.
by Ayers Ratliff