April begins a full slate of stakes action at Northfield Park. The $100,000 (gtd.) Courageous Lady will go to post on Friday, April 25. A nationally open stakes event for North America's top three year-old filly pacers, it is the first national stakes race of the 2014 season.
Among the 16 fillies nominated to the Courageous Lady are last year's two year-old stand-outs: A La Notte Hanover (1:56.1 h, $73,459), Fiyonce (1:52.4 m, $61,549), Rusty's Bliss (1:52.4 f, $90,751) and Sister Stroll (1:54.1 f, $102,617).
The connections of top three year-olds in the country have shown great interest in the newly added $500,000 (est.) Carl Milstein Memorial. This race is for three-year-old-colt-and-gelding pacers and is the richest single race in the Buckeye State for 2014 and has been slated for Friday, August 15. Included in the 42 nominees are: Allstar Partner (1:51.4 f, $282,454), Boomboom Ballykeel (1:50.4 s, $370,828), Luck Be Withyou (1:50 f, $359,417) and Western Vintage (1:49.4 m, $316,838).
The $150,000 (gtd.) Cleveland Classic is the final open stakes event this year. North America's top three year-old pacing colts will take the stage to compete for this year's Classic crown on Friday, December 12.
There are 38 colts nominated to the Cleveland Classic, including last year's stand-outs: Allstar Partner (1:51.4 f, $282,454), Boomboom Ballykeel (1:50.4 s, $370,828) and He's Watching (150 f, $291,722).
In other racing news at Northfield Park, the $150,000 (gtd.) Battle Of Lake Erie is set for Saturday, July 19 and has 25 nominees that have combined career earnings in excess of $23 million. The nominated list includes past Cleveland Classic winners Apprentice Hanover (1:49.3 f, $609,605) and Bolt The Duer (1:47.4 f, $1,723,645) and two-time Battle of Late Erie champion and the richest standardbred of all-time, Foiled Again (1:48 f, $6,080,968).
Battle nominees also include a host of other millionaire performers: Aracache Hanover (1:48.1 f, $1,603,359), Clear Vision (1:48.2, $1,779,868), Heston Blue Chip (1:48 f, $1,565,781), Michael's Power (1:48.1 s, $1,576,817) and Sweet Lou (1:47.4 s, $2,129,961).
Northfield Park's Stakes Calendar for 2014:
Friday, April 25 Courageous Lady
Thursday, July 3 Ohio Sires Stakes (two year-old filly pace and trot)
Saturday, July 19 Battle Of Lake Erie Ohio Sires Stakes (two and three year-old colt pace and trot)
Saturday, July 26 Summit County Fair Stakes
Friday, August 15 Carl Milstein Memorial
Friday, September 5 Ohio Sires Stakes (two and three year-old filly pace and trot)
Friday, December 12 Cleveland Classic
by Ayers Ratliff, for Northfield Park