"Legends" drivers race helps highlight

01:53 PM 08 Aug 2014 NZST
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Eight local legends will do battle in a race that will turn back the clock for many harness racing fans at Northfield Park on Friday night, August 15.

The "Legends Driver Challenge" will pit Northfield leading drivers of days gone by in a trotting event that will serve as a warm-up for the inaugural $400,000 (est.) Carl Milstein Memorial, a Grand Circuit event for three-year-old colt pacers later in the card.

Gerry Bookmyer, Doug Hamilton, Don Irvine, Jr., William Irvine, Keith Kash, Dan Ross, Don McKirgan and Bill Zendt will battle in a conditioned trot that will be part of the Milstein undercard. The eight veteran reinsmen have combined to win driving titles at Northfield from a span that covered the 70's, 80's and 90's.

Also on Milstein night, freshman Ohio Sires Stakes pacers and trotters will square off for purses of $40,000 per division.

Northfield's V.P. of Racing and Simulcasting Dave Bianconi is also attempting to fill an Open Pace, a Filiies and Mares Open Pace and and Open Trot, each with an improved purse of $20,000, on Milstein Memorial Night.

Entries for all of the races to be contested on Friday night, August 15 at Northfield are due by 9 AM (Eastern) on Tuesday morning, August 12.

Ayers Ratliff

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