Day At The Track

Records set in Stakes laden program

09:24 PM 07 Oct 2018 NZDT
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Yankee Boots and Aaron Merriman, harness racing Lady's Dude, harness racing
Yankee Boots and Aaron Merriman won tonight's $40,000 Buckeye Stallion Series Championship 2CP in 1:51.2 for trainer Steve Cater. The clocking is a new track record for 2CP.
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Lady's Dude and Chris Page won tonight's $60,000 OSS 4 & Up T H&G in 1:53.2 for trainer Ron Burke. The Clocking equaled the track record for 5 & Up Trotting Geldings.
JJ Zamaiko Photography

On Saturday (October 6) Northfield Park hosted eight $40,000 divisions of Buckeye Stallion Series Championships and four $60,000 Ohio Sires Stakes (OSS) Championships for harness racing 4-year-olds and up.

The stakes racing action led to a track record being set for freshman gelding pacers and a tied mark for Five-and-Up Trotting Geldings.

Yankee Boots won the evening's fourth race, the $40,000 Buckeye Stallion Series Championship 2 CP. His 1:51.3 clocking made him the fastest 2 year-old pacing gelding in the track's history.

The mark was previous broke in 2017 by Drew The Dragon (Dan Noble) in 1:51.4.

Steve Carter of Londonderry, Ohio trains and co-owns the pacer with Peggy Carter, Chuck Grubbs and J Whitacre. Aaron Merriman was in the sulky for the winning drive.

Yankee Boots (Yankee Cruiser-Scootin Mercedes-Expensive Scooter) started from post four. He left from the gate and led every call through fractions of :26.3, :55.2, 1:23 and 1:51.3, besting his competition by two lengths.

Yankee Boots now has nine wins in 14 starts. Saturday's victory bolstered his bankroll to $93,010. He was heavily favored and returned $2.80 to win.

Race 10, the $60,000 OSS Championship for four-and-up trotting horses and geldings, saw Lady's Dude equal the 1:53.2 record for five-and-up trotting geldings.

This is the fourth time this record has been set and is a tie with Obrigado (Mark MacDonald) in 2016, Cimeronken (Aaron Merriman) in 2018, and Fly Jesse Fly (Chris Lems) in 2018.

Ron Burke trains the trotter for owners Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and JE Yoder. Chris Page was in the sulky.

Lady's Dude (Victory Sam-Lady's Star-Hi Noon Star) started from the rail and sat the pocket through times of :27.1, :55.3 and 1:24.2. Page pulled approaching top of the stretch and won by ½-length in 1:53.2.

Lady's Dude now has 11 wins in 23 starts this year. This victory represents his 45th career score and pushed his earnings $793,848. He paid $8.80 to win.

Ayers Ratliff

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