Kevin Ehrhardt leads Northfield trainer race

11:42 PM 19 Jun 2012 NZST
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Kevin Ehrhardt continues to maintain a slim lead in the '2012 Harness Racing Trainer Standings' at Northfield Park.

A pair of wins on Saturday (June 16) increased Ehrhardt’s tally to 34 victories this year. Completing the top 5five conditioners are Don Pfister (30), Darrell Rideout (27), Calvin Hollar (26) and Larry Clabaugh (26).

The 46-year-old Ehrhardt is a resident of Stow. If he maintains his lead through December 2012, it would be the first training title to his credit. In 2011, Ehrhardt had the highest UTRS (Universal Trainer Rating System) of the Northfield trainers, but he has never been the leading trainer with the most victories.

Ehrhardt has been training horses since 1994 and has earned 926 training successes and purses of nearly $3,000,000. His current stable has ten horses. He credits the best horse he has ever trained as being Coastal Wind.

Kevin has been married for 21 years to his wife, Carla Ehrhardt, who works as the Senior Administrative Assistant to the Vice-President of King’s Medical Group in Hudson, Ohio. Kevin and Carla have two sons, Zack and Ryan. Zack is a sophomore at Walsh University on a baseball scholarship and Ryan is a junior at Stow-Munroe Falls High School.

Ehrhardt has set a goal to earn his first training title this year. “I have never really had enough horses to produce the starts to be able to have the most wins,” commented Ehrhardt. “I am in a spot now that I have a real shot. It is absolutely my goal to be the leading trainer. I have terrific owners.”

Ryan Stahl has widened his lead in the 2012 Driver Standings. He has 184 victories over Northfield’s Flying Turns so far this year. Aaron Merriman (124), Tyler Smith (118), Kurt Sugg (92) and Dan Noble (81) round out the top-five reinsman.

The 34-year-old Stahl is a native of Republic, Ohio and is in search of his first career driving title. Stahl finished second in the 2011 Northfield Driving Standings and was the runner-up three times at Raceway Park in Toledo, Ohio.

Ryan’s 2012 tally ranks him 20th nationally. Stahl began driving in 1994 and has since won 2,871 races and purses approaching $9,000,000.

by Ayers RATLIFF

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