Harness racing

Ohio Sires Stakes dominate Northfield program

A total of 111 freshman Ohio-bred distaffs filled the Northfield Park entry box this week, with 14 Ohio Sires Stakes (OSS) leg one divisions set for Sunday, July 3, at the Cleveland half-miler. Forty-six 2-year-old trotting fillies in six $40,000 divisions and 65 freshman pacing fillies in eight $40,000 divisions will line up behind the Northfield starting gate, with a post time of 6 pm, ET. Some of the outstandingly-bred trotting fillies that will compete on Sunday include Rose Run Sydney, a Steve Carter-trainee who qualified at Scioto Downs on June 13 in 2:03.4, before winning an Ohio Fair Stake at Circleville on June 19 in 2:09.4. She vies from post two in the first OSS division (Race 1). Co-owned by Carter and Adam Friedland of Brooklyn, NY and Robert Reid of Mansfield, OH, this daughter of Triumphant Caviar was a $10,000 yearling purchase at the 2015 Ohio Select Sale. Bred by the Rose Run Farm, Rose Run Sydney is the fifth foal out of the Angus Hall mare Stonebridge Dancer 3, 1:57.3f ($34,902), and is a half-sister to Magic Dancing 3, 1:59.3f ($51,929); Magic Hat 4, Q1:57.3 ($38,951); and White Gloves 4, 1:57s ($33,145)--all by Kadabra. One royally-bred filly is the Break The Bank K lass Amuse's, who'll carry the colors of owner/breeder Robert Key of Leechburg, PA from post three in the fifth OSS trotting division (Race 12). She is the third of five foals out of the broodmare Sweet Mademoiselle Q1:58.4f ($39,960)--herself a daughter of the mighty Italian-foaled Varenne, unquestionably one of the greatest trotters of all time. Amuse's is conditioned by Rich Gillock, and made her career debut in a Vernon Downs qualifier on June 4, when she was timed in 2:01.3, before making two attempts at The Meadowlands. Her last qualifier at the East Rutherford, New Jersey facility saw her timed in 1:58 on June 25, with an impressive :27.3 final panel brush. Pennys N Dimes comes into OSS division four (Race 7) fresh off an impressive qualifier. The daughter of Break The Bank K--also owned and bred by Robert Key--qualified on June 24 at The Meadows in 2:01.3 under wraps for trainer Norm Parker. She's the fifth foal out of the top-bred Lindy Lane mare Fast Lane K 4, 1:54.3s ($296,289)--herself a Pennsylvania Sires Stakes winner for these same connections. Pennys N Dimes is thus a half-sister to these speedy siblings: Expressway K (by Angus Hall) 3, Q1:55.4f; Dewey Lane (by Deweycheatumnhowe) 2, 1:56.4f; and Liberty Lane (by Deweycheatumnhowe) 2, 1:57.3s. The filly pacing divisions could be referred to as the "Brian Brown" show, as this Delaware, Ohio-based conditioner sends out a serious group of talented neophyte side-wheelers. One of Brown's most impressive fillies is Bye Bye Felicia, a daughter of Woodstock, out of the unraced Camluck mare Tea Time. Bred by Sugar Valley Farm's Billy Walters and Joe Mclead, Bye Bye Felicia stormed to a winning 1:55.1 Scioto Downs qualifier on June 27, devastating her rivals by a full five lengths. This tenacious filly is owned by Jennifer Brown of Ostrander, OH in partnership with Joyce McClelland of Zanesville, OH, Steve Mullet of Millersburg, OH and Dean Davis of Wooster, OH. Bye Bye Felicia starts from post five in the first division (Race 2). Prawn Star is another Brown trainee who scored a qualifying time of 1:57.1 at Scioto Downs on June 27. This daughter of Big Bad John-Jellyfish Joy-Cam's Magic Trick was bred and is co-owned by Daniel Wozniak of Perrysburg, OH and the Kalinoski Stable of Hillard, OH. Prawn Star starts from post five in the second OSS division (Race 4). Bellasbrowneyegirl heads up the fourth OSS division (Race 9) from the rail for owner Jennifer Brown of Ostrander, OH and the Lomangino Standardbreds of Tinton Falls, NJ, who also bred the filly. This McArdle lass posted a trio of solid qualifying efforts, with a 2:05 score on June 8 and a 2:01.1 triumph on June 16 at Delaware, before posting a 1:58 mark at Scioto Downs on June 22. In all three efforts for her trainer she brushed home in :29.1 or faster. Bellasbrowneyegirl is the fourth foal out of the A Stud Named Sue mare Cristinella Bella p,4,1:55.3, and is a half-sister to The Illuminator (by Big Jim) p, 2, 1:53.1 ($18,827), now three. In the fifth OSS pacing division (Race 11), Brown will tighten the girth on Type A Grey, a daughter of Art Official-Just My Type-American Ideal for owner Emerald Highland Farm of Mount Vernon, OH. Bred by the White Birch Farm of New Jersey, Type A Grey posted back-to-back impressive 1:58 qualifiers--the first at Delaware on June 16 and the second at Scioto Downs on June 27. In the first she flew home in :27.4 and in the second her final quarter was timed in :28.3. Type A Grey--whose Western Terror 3-year-old half-sister Ava N Ella won in 1:53.2 this year, starts from post three in this division. Finally, Brown sends out Western Art from post five in the sixth OSS filly pacing division (Race 15). Owned and bred by the Miller's Stable of Leburn, KY, Westrn Art paced to a pair of winning qualifying efforts for her connections. She posted a 1:59 clocking on June 16 at Delaware and followed that up with a 1:58.2 winning time at Scioto Downs on June 27. In both instances her final panels were in :28.4 or faster. She's by Art Official, and is the first foal out of the Western Hanover mare Western Royalty p, 3, 1:53.2F ($106,498). Other top contenders include the Brenda Teague bred, owned and trained lass Gorgeous Halie, a daughter of I'm Gorgeous, out of the Real Artist mare Southwind Halie. This Houston, DE-based filly was timed in 1:57.3, with a :26.4 final brush in a second place qualifying finish at Vernon Downs on June 18. She then paced in 1:55.4, with a :26.1 last quarter in a Meadowlands baby race on June 24. Gorgeous Halie starts from post two in the third OSS division (Race 6). Trainer Ron Burke sends Rosemary Rose postward in the seventh OSS division (Race 16) from the five-hole for driver Mike Wilder. This Foreclosure N filly is co-owned by Burke and JV Melillo of Powell, OH and Weaver Bruscemi of Cannonsburg, PA. Rosemary Rose posted two solid qualifying efforts at the Meadows, timed in 1:59.4 on June 2 and in 1:58.2 on June 12, flying home in :27. Bred by Ron Salcedo of Tennesse, Rosemary Rose is the sixth of seven foals out of The Panderosa mare Pantathlon p, 2, 1:54.4f ($20,221). Her half-siblings include: Pan From Nantucket p, 5, 1:51.3h ($555,929); Panstakingly p, 3, 1:54.2s ($64,490); Nip Pan Tuck p, 2, 1:54.4s ($50,899)--all by No Pan Intended; and Holiday Romance (by Artistic Fella) p, 3, 1:57.4h ($24,396). by Kimberly Rinker, for the OSDF

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Sun Stakes Saturday tops Grand Circuit schedule

This Week: Ben Franklin Pace, Earl Beal Jr. Memorial, Max C. Hempt Memorial and James M. Lynch Memorial finals, The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, Wilkes-Barre, Pa.; Cleveland Trotting Classic, Northfield Park, Northfield, Ohio; Tompkins-Geers, Tioga Downs, Nichols, N.Y.; Miss Versatility, Mohawk Racetrack, Campbellville, Ontario; and Landmark Stakes, Historic Track, Goshen, N.Y. Schedule of events: The Grand Circuit spotlight will once again be on The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono this Saturday night (July 2) as the track will host four lucrative stakes finals in the $500,000 Ben Franklin for older pacers, the $500,000 Earl Beal Jr. Memorial for 3-year-old trotters, the $500,000 Max C. Hempt Memorial for 3-year-old male pacers and the $300,000 James M. Lynch Memorial for 3-year-old filly pacers. Also on Saturday, Northfield Park will host the $180,000 Cleveland Trotting Classic for older trotters, while Historic Track will card eight Landmark Stakes for 2- and 3-year-olds of both sexes and gaits. A trio of Friday night (July 1) stakes open the Grand Circuit action this week with the Tompkins-Geers at Tioga Downs and the Miss Versatility at Mohawk. At Tioga, there will be two divisions in the $77,380 Tompkins-Geers for 3-year-old male trotters and two divisions in the $55,380 Tompkins-Geers for 3-year-old filly trotters. Mohawk will host a pair of C$30,000 divisions in the Miss Versatility for older trotting mares. Complete entries for the U.S. races can be found by clicking on this link. Mohawk entries are available at this link. Last time: Last weekend's Grand Circuit action opened up on Friday night (June 24) at Meadowlands Racetrack with the $200,000 Arthur Cutler Memorial for older trotters. Displaying no ill effects after being away from the races for almost a month, Resolve powered down the road to an easy one length win in the Cutler. Resolve, the even-money favorite, was sent away fast from post seven and had the lead at the quarter in :27.1. Trainer-driver Ake Svanstedt did a masterful job of rating the second fraction, which was timed in a sleepy :30 as they hit the half in :57.1. Obrigado, the 2-1 second choice fresh off wins in the Maxie Lee and Charlie Hill Memorial, vacated the four hole at the seven-sixteenths and grinded his way into contention at three-quarters, which went in 1:25.4. Then Svanstedt hit the gas and Resolve responded with a final quarter of :26.3, leaving Obrigado behind while opening up a safe lead. Flanagan Memory, who went a third-over trip, closed well through the stretch to end up a no-threat second. Obrigado held third. Resolve trotted the mile in 1:52.2 for owner Hans Enggren. Social media was abuzz when Wiggle It Jiggleit captured the first of three $30,000 Ben Franklin eliminations on Saturday (June 25) at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, but the horse that many considered to be the star attraction was overshadowed by his two colleagues that triumphed in the two following divisions and establishes a contest in the $500,000 final on Saturday (July 2) that may very well be epic. Wiggle It Jiggleit is the 2015 Harness Horse of the Year, and is the top-ranked horse in the industry poll. Trained by Clyde Francis and owned by George Teague Jr. Inc. and Teague Racing Partnership, the gelding won his Franklin elimination in 1:48.1. Which was the slowest elimination. By a full second. Because world records were set in the other two cuts: first the 5-year-old pacing stallion Always B Miki took his Franklin elimination in 1:47, equaling Sweet Lou's all-time world record for a five-eighths-mile track (set in the Franklin final two years ago) and missing the all-time race record by a single tick, and then Freaky Feet Pete was off by himself much of the other elimination and still crossed the wire in 1:47.1, a world record for a 4-year-old pacing horse on a five-eighths-mile track. Always B Miki now has won four of six races and $91,500 this year, and 22 of 41 races and $1,319,576 lifetime. Jimmy Takter has brought the pacer all the way back from injury to the top of his game for owners Bluewood Stable, Roll The Dice Stable, and Christina Takter. Freaky Feet Pete is now five-for-six in 2016 and an amazing 29-for-33 in his career, with $1,224,050 in his till for trainer Larry Rheinheimer and owners Mary Jo Rheinheimer and Marty Rheinheimer and he completed the "Indiana-sired" sweep of the Franklin eliminations. Complete recaps of the weekend races, including the other six Pocono stakes eliminations, are available at the Grand Circuit website. Grand Circuit Standings: In 2016, the Grand Circuit leaders in three categories (driver, trainer and owner) will once again be tracked on a points system (20-10-5 for the top three finishers in divisions/finals and 10-5-2 for the top three finishers in eliminations/legs). Winbak Farm is the sponsor for the 2016 Grand Circuit awards. Here are the current leaders: Drivers: 1. Jordan Stratton - 191.5; 2. David Miller - 170; 3. Yannick Gingras - 167; 4. Tim Tetrick - 166; 5. Matt Kakaley - 130. Trainers: 1. Ron Burke - 258; 2. Jeff Bamond Jr. - 170; 3. Peter Tritton - 139.5; 4. Rene Allard - 125; 5. Jimmy Takter - 118. Owners: 1. Harry von Knoblauch - 139.5; 2. Bamond Racing - 112; 3. Burke Racing Stable - 72.6; 4. Weaver Bruscemi - 62.85; 5t. George Teague Jr. Inc. - 51.25; 5t. Teague Racing Partnership - 51.25. Looking ahead: Grand Circuit action will be taking place next week at Tioga Downs, Meadowlands Racetrack, and Yonkers Raceway. Tioga will host Tompkins-Geers races for 3-year-old colt and filly pacers; The Meadowlands will host the Graduate Series finals for 4-year-old pacers and trotters, Meadowlands Pace eliminations for 3-year-olds and a Reynolds division for 3-year-old filly trotters; and Yonkers features Lawrence Sheppard eliminations for 2-year-old pacers. by Paul Ramlow, for the Grand Circuit

Harness racing

Holiday racing weekend at The Meadowlands

East Rutherford, NJ - The holiday weekend at The Meadowlands offers a look into racing's future with two-year-old stakes on Friday, July 1 then celebrates America's Independence on Saturday with a special 6:30 p.m. post time and a grand fireworks display immediately following the races.   The New Jersey Sires Stakes (NJSS) for two-year-olds gets underway on Friday with six divisions of Garden State bred trotting and pacing hopefuls.   It's been said that it takes a Muscle Hill to beat a Muscle Hill. That claim becomes fact in the four divisions of freshman trots as all of the twenty five participants are the progeny of that top trotting sire.   A dozen colts were split into two $20,000 divisions carded as races three and four.   The $280,000 Lexington sale purchase Mountain Of Love has had a pair of Meadowlands baby races in preparation for his pari-mutuel debut in the third race. He's trotted in the 1:59 range with solid final fractions in each and leaves from post position four with driver Scott Zeron. Tony Alagna conditions the colt for his own interests as Alagna Racing with partners Crawford Racing, Mystical Marker Farms and In The Gym Partners.   The second division of colts finds Fly On also situated in post four. He has been successful in both of his preps, most recently streaking home in 27.3 for driver Andy Miller to finish out a 1:59.4 mile. Fly On was a $55,000 Lexington purchase by trainer Julie Miller on behalf of the Andy Miller Stable, Arden Homestead Stable and GTY Stable.   Trotting fillies open the Friday card with a field of six chasing the winner's share of the $20,000 purse. Checkmate Time (post four) has been very impressive in her morning trials, trotting sub 28 final quarters in each resulting in a pair of closing seconds before winning her most recent effort in 1:59.2. She is a homebred racing for the interests of Roy Dobbins, is trained by Dennis Laterza and Scott Zeron has the call on her as well.   Seven precocious trotting fillies will contest division two of the stake (race six). Ariana G has won both of her schooling races, trotting home in 27 and change in each the latest a 1:58.2 tally out of the pocket for Yannick Gingras. She's a Marvin Katz & Al Libfeld homebred trained by Hall of Famer Jimmy Takter.   The pacing fillies and colts will race for a purse of $25,000 being just a single division for each. If I Can Dream boasts a like distinction to Muscle Hill on this gait as all of the pacers are by that Breeders Crown winning sire.   The colts number seven in race two with Aaron Lambert going old school as the owner, trainer and driver on his $12,000 Harrisburg bargain colt Every Way Out. He was an easy 1:59.2 winner at Gaitway Farms in his first outing, followed up by a useful fourth in preparation for Friday's stake.   Ten of the fairer sex throw down in race ten where trainer Erv Miller and Ron Michelon's homebred Livinginthedream has the most impressive credentials but must overcome the far outside post ten. She's paced home hard in each of her three prior efforts and has the talent, it's left to driver Marcus Miller to fashion the winning trip.   Last year's Cane Pace champ Dealt A Winner makes his seasonal debut on Saturday, facing a field of high-end condition types in the sixth race.   Saturday's early post time will result in the live races being concluded by around 10:15 p.m. with the Ben Franklin and Earl Beal finals shown on the giant infield screen before the fireworks begin at 10:30.   With Saturday's earlier-than-normal post time, the track's Pick Five guarantee will not be offered on the sequence which covers Races 1 - 5. In addition, the Late Pick Four wager's guarantee will be $40,000. The Late Pick Four covers Races 7 - 10. The Early Pick Four (Races 3 - 6) will continue to offer a $25,000 guaranteed pool. These changes will only be in effect on Saturday, July 2. From the Meadowlands Media Relations Department

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Field set for $180,000 Cleveland Trotting Classic

Northeast Ohio's premier trotting race, the Cleveland Trotting Classic, will go to post Saturday (July 2) at Northfield Park. This will be the second edition of the Classic and it carries a purse of $180,000. The Grand Circuit event has attracted some of the best veteran trotters in North America. It has been slated as the 11th event on a 15-race program. First race post time is 6 p.m. 1-Obrigado, runner-up in this event last year, draws the rail for his return. He has been victorious in 37 of 68 career races, including a 21 race win streak earlier in his career. He has lifetime earnings of $1,019,749 and a 1:51.3 (M 1) mark taken last year. Although entering this event off a third place finish in the $200,000 Cutler Memorial, Obrigado has three wins in six races this year. Those wins include the $200,000 Maxie Lee at Harrah's Philadelphia and the $210,000 Charlie Hill Memorial at Scioto Downs. The six year-old is owned by Paul Kelley Racing Stable, SRF Stable, Linwood Higgins and Stable 45. He is conditioned by Paul Kelley. Canadian native Mark MacDonald has been named to steer. 2-Homicide Hunter was sired my Mr Cantab and is owned by Michelle Crawford and Albert Crawford. With 20 career victories, he has been a model of consistency, finishing in the top three 29 of his 33 lifetime starts. He enters the Classic in very good form, just equaling his 1:51.4 lifetime mark in a $54,000 stake race on June 18 at The Meadows. That victory bolstered his career bankroll to $609,513. Christopher Oakes trains the four year-old gelding. Dave Palone, winner of more races than any driver in harness racing history, has been named to drive this 4-1 morning-line competitor. 3-Shake It Cerry has been named the 2-1 morning-line favorite. She is the richest in this year's field, sporting career earnings of $2,547,962. She has 50 lifetime starts and 28 career victories, including the $500,000 Breeders Crown in 2014. She is a five year-old daughter of Donato Hanover with a lifetime mark of 1:51.2 (Lex 1). Shake It Cerry is trained by Jimmy Takter and owned by Solveig's Racing Partners. Ronnie Wrenn Jr, Northfield Park's leading driver, has been given the driving assignment. 4-Il Songno Dream is one of two starters in this race from the powerful Christopher Beaver Stable. He has won 17, and been on the board in 32 of 54 career races. He has two runner-up finishes this year in three efforts. This five year-old son of Cantab Hall has career earnings of $803,077. His 1:50.2 (Lex 1) lifetime mark is the fastest in this race. Canadian Trevor Henry comes to drive this 10-1 morning line selection. 5-Muscle Up The Goal enters this race for owner Synerco Ventures, Inc. He is the second entrant in this field for trainer Christopher Beaver. 2015 Dash Driving Champion Aaron Merriman has been given the driving assignment for tonight's outing. The four year-old has already won three times in five tries this year and has won eight of 24 starts lifetime. He earned his 1:52 mark at The Meadows this year in a $20,000 Preferred event. In May of this year, Muscle Up The Goal broke the Northfield Park trotting record and a world record for four year-old trotting horses in 1:52.3. This son of Muscle Mass has lifetime earnings of $257,896. He carries an 8-1 morning line. 6-Maestro Blue Chip is owned by Richard Poillucci and trained by Jo Ann Looney-King. The four year-old enters this race off a 1:53.4 win on June 12 in the $75,000 Graduate at Tioga Downs. He has a total of 25 career starts with 13 triumphs, but has blossomed this year, winning 11 of 12 outings. He earned a 1:51.3 (M 1) lifetime mark just three races ago and has career earnings of $270,173. Victor Kirby has been named to drive this 6-1 morning-line starter. 7-Like Old Times was the 2015 Ohio Horse of the Year. She enters this race off two consecutive local victories, including a 1:55 track record performance and lifetime mark. This daughter of Chip Chip Hooray is owned by Keith Ross and trained on the Flying Turns by Northfield Park Wall of Famer and Ohio Trotmaster Don McKirgan. Like Old Times has 17 victories in 34 starts and has $343,350 in earnings. Ryan Stahl has been named to drive this 25-1 longshot. 8-Boffin, 25-1, enters off a runner-up finish in a $25,000 Open event at Scioto Downs. He has a 1:51.1 (PcD 5/8) lifetime mark and career earnings of $340,127. This son of Donato Hanover has won 28 of 85 career starts. Anette Lorentzon trains Boffin for owners ACL Stuteri AB, Kjell Johansson and Karin Lorentzon. Jason Merriman has been given the driving assignment. This year's Classic program undercard is highlighted by three $20,000 Open events. One features Foiled Again, the richest horse in the history of harness racing and a three-time Battle of Lake Erie winner. The Opens and the Trotting Classic comprise the evening's Pick-4, which carries a $10,000 guaranteed pool. In addition to superior racing action, the night will also offer guests a buffet in Lady Luck's clubhouse dining room. The buffet is just $19.95. Reservations are preferred and can be made by calling 330.467.4101. Guests who want to be close to all of the racing action can stop by the grandstand apron for an array of free fanfare activities. These attractions include a free Northfield Park ball cap for the first 1,500 patrons, a t-shirt toss from the winner's circle by the successful driver of each race, country band Six String Cowboy performing on the apron from 6-10 p.m., spinning of the Northfield Park Prize Wheel for free cash and prizes from 8-9 p.m., and some of Northeast Ohio's favorite food trucks on the grandstand apron from 6-10 p.m. by Ayers Ratliff, for Northfield Park

"It amazes me how many people had something to say about Drive All Night (Dan), the $628,000 winner in need of help to live out his life," said Kate Kingsbury. Kate took the calls at the Standardbred Retirement Foundation's (SRF) office after a plea for help was sounded. Whether the fact that Dan made so much money, or because he was in such dire need, or both, prompted enough help to take the "war horse" as some named him, off the path to the Canadian slaughterhouse.   The big gelding drew concern from past trainers, and grooms; a few of the many owners who enjoyed him, some in tears; compassionate horse lovers; and even past gamblers who knew this tough horse. One of his grooms shared how he had more heart than any horse she has ever known stating how he had a bad suspensory, and ankle, but when he put the harness on he went out there and gave his all. Another told SRF how he loved Gatorade, orange being his favorite and that he tilted it so he could drink it right out of the bottle.   Dan's true saving grace was when Jules Siegel, owner of Fashion Farms and the sire of Dan, Real Artist, offered him a place to live out his life on his farm. "Thank you, Mr. Siegel, for saving this horse. I worked for you for many, many years at the Drug Fair in Manville. I still have my 3 horses out in Ringoes and someday I'm going to make it out to your farm for a visit!!!" wrote Jane Lysebo, on SRF's Facebook page. No doubt Siegel will be pampering him in a very deserving way.   The other gelding, Alpine Adventure, was also brought to safety. Along with the two boys was a Standardbred mare, Glitter Ironstone. All three are safe, and once removed from harm's way they immediately had a visit by a veterinarian. The boys have eye ulcers, which appear to be recent injuries, and the mare has an old arthritic ankle. In need of life in pasture, a member of the Dancer family in NJ has expressed interest in offering a safe landing for her, saying it is a way of giving back.   While SRF was buried in the three in need, one more was lurking in NY on the same sad path. "It is very time consuming dealing with these rescues; we tried to get to the fourth and made some strides. We are grateful to Michelle Crawford of Crawford Farms who took the reins and moved forward to get the son of Western Hanover, Nothing Artificial, to safety. She gifted his rescue fees, shipped him to a quarantine facility, and called in a veterinarian to evaluate his ataxia in his hind end," said Judy Bokman, SRF's Director.   SRF appreciates the support and heartfelt help to tend to the dire needs of these horses. Hopefully, a situation like this, especially where prominent people in racing have stepped up to help, today and in the recent past, will resonate and change will come to the welfare of harness racing's horse.   From the Standardbred Retirement Foundation      

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Cherry Royal Ruby put in the fastest time of the five divisions ($109,800) of the New York Sire Stakes for the 2-year-old filly trotters at Buffalo Raceway Wednesday night (June 29) as she romped to an easy 6-1/2 length victory in 2:02.1.   Despite the eye-opening performance by Cherry Royal Ruby, it was well off the track record for her classification of 2:00.2 set in 2009 by Munis Bluechip.   There was a dead heat in the fifth division as Scarey Karie and Run For Royalty couldn't be separated by a photo in 2:04.0.   Maewegonow ($3.70) took her division with a win in 2:03.3, Mighty Surf got the perfect gate-to-wire journey from driver Kevin Cummings to notch a $27.00 surprise in 2:04.4 while Heels On Wheels used a last panel of 29.1 to dispose of the field in her bracket in 2:04.0.   It was a good night for the sires Conway Hall and Rc Royalty as each had offspring win two divisions with Prayer I Am and Deweycheatumnhowe having one winner apiece.   The most impressive on the picture perfect night was Cherry Royal Ruby (Rc Royalty-Nowerland Kristen). After putting up an opening half mile of 1:03.1, driver Dan Daley stepped on the gas with her on the back half, going in 59.0 including a 28.2 final panel.   Nightflix Hanover (Ray Schnittker) finished in second with Royal Pine (Matt Kakaley) taking the show spot.   Cherry Royal Ruby ($3.30) is co-owned by the Cherry Hill Farm and Todd Van Alstyne and is trained by Daley.   Scarey Karie (Phil Fluet) and Run For Royalty (Kakaley) were fortunate to be involved in the win photo.   It first appeared that Barn Bella (Chuck Huckabone Jr.) was going to catch the front-running Speedy Prayer but broke stride coming off the final turn. Speedy Prayer (Kevin Cummings) looked home free but jumped it off midway down the lane.   Those miscues put Scarey Karie ($2.60) and Run For Royalty ($3.30) on top but the they hit the wire deadlocked in 2:04.0. Mamora Bay took third for driver Sam Schillaci.   Scarey Karie (Conway Hall-Alabama Hotel) is owned by Michael Woodward and is trained by Fluet.   Run For Royalty (Rc Royalty-Feegee) is owned by Simo Jalava and is conditioned by Jenny Melander.   In the opening division, Mighty Surf ($27.00) zoomed to the lead and avoided trouble with the breakers on the opening turn to score the front-running 2-3/4 length victory over Creditover in 2:04.4. Busy Doing Nothing (Mark Etsell) took the show position.   Mighty Surf (Prayer I Am-Big Surfer) is owned by Roy Dobbins and is trained by Dennis Laterza.   Heels On Wheels ($8.40) and Kakaley made a first-over move down the backstretch and that proved to difference to dispose of Dazzlash (Trond Smedshammer) and Deweybelievenhowe (Ed Greeno Jr.) in 2:04.4.   Owned by the Burke Racing Stable, Crawford Farms, Lawrence Karr and Weaver Bruscemi, Heels On Wheels (Conway Hall-Go Go Dancer) is conditioned by Ron Burke.   A big brush heading to the three-quarter pole gave Maewegonow (Charlie Norris) a commanding edge and never looked back in registering a throttled down 1-1/4 length nod over Shecheatedondewey (Kakaley) in 2:03.3. Deli-Delight (Mike Simons) placed third.   Maewegonow (Deweycheatumnhowe-Mauresmo) is co-owned by Carrie Norris and Acadia Farms and trained by Charlie Norris.   In the $15,000 Excelsior A races, Onyx Blue Chip ($7.30) took the first division in 2:06.3 with Ray Schnittker board while Jenny's Dew Drop went wire-to-wire and posted a $22.40 upset for John Cummings Jr. in 2:04.4.   Ms McGillicuddys (Kevin Cummings) was victorious in the non-betting $6,200 Excelsior B series as she covered the mile in 2:13.1.   Racing will resume on Friday evening with 10 races slated to begin at 5 p.m.   For more information including the latest news, upcoming promotions, race replays and results, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway    

Nichols, N.Y. -- The Tioga Downs race office announces additional divisions of the Summer Claiming Series to take place in July, one for trotters and one for pacing mares.   Horses can be claimed from both preliminaries and the final of each series, with claiming prices for trotters increasing from $6,500 to $8,000 over the three races and tags for distaff pacers building from $8,000 to $9,500. A horse's entry into the first leg constitutes nomination for the entire series, and a $25 declaration fee is due on the day of the first preliminary.   Both series will begin with preliminary legs on July 16 and July 23 (both Saturdays), with finals on Saturday, July 30. Horses must race in both preliminary events to maintain eligibility for the final (limited to the top nine money earners from the preliminaries to enter), and fifteen entrants are required for a given series to take place.   Full purse and claiming information follows: Trot Clm Pr -- Purse July 16 -- $6,500 -- $6,500 July 23 -- $7,000 -- $6,500 July 30 -- $8,000 -- $12,000 (final)   FM Pace Clm Pr -- Purse July 16 -- $8,000 -- $7,000 July 23 -- $8,500 -- $7,000 July 30 -- $9,500 -- $13,000 (final)   For further information, please contact Tioga Downs race secretary Don Cromer at 607.699.7688 or dcromer@tiogadowns.com.   by James Witherite, for Tioga Downs

HARRINGTON, Del. - James Moore III's Royal Becca J ($6, Jack Parker Jr.) notched his eighth win of the year Wednesday at Harrington Raceway in 1:55.1 in the $16,000 Open Trot. The 4-year-old RC Royalty gelding made a bold first-over charge at leader Awsome Valley just past the half-mile and wore down the pacesetter for an impressive win. Trained by his driver, it was the 12th career win for Royal Becca J, who has four wins at the current Harrington meet. Awsome Valley, last week's winner, was second with Cash On Delivery closing ground late for third. In the sub-featured $12,500 Open II Trot, Richard Lombardo, Carl Alley and JJ and M Stable's Don't Rush ($3.20, Ross Wolfenden) improved to 2-for-2 this year with a 1:56 triumph for trainer Josh Green. by Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway

WASHINGTON, PA, June 29, 2016 -- Cue Hall quarter-poled to the front and had little trouble maintaining the lead from there as he captured Wednesday's $14,900 Conditioned Trot at The Meadows in a career-best 1:53.3. Cue Hall was away second behind TSM Photo Bugger, but winning driver Tony Hall moved the 4-year-old son of Andover Hall-Curli Cue to the lead. Cue Hall easily thwarted the first-over bid of Trustworthy Kid and defeated the rallying See The Wind by 1-1/2 lengths. Charles VII finished third. Rich Gillock trains Cue Hall, who extended his lifetime bankroll to $191,126, for owner/breeder Bob Key. Hall piloted four winners and Dave Palone three on the 13-race card. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows  

Harrisburg, PA - A stronger, unified governance body to oversee Pennsylvania's more than $1 billion equine racing industry began its work to strengthen horse and harness racing today as the new State Horse Racing Commission had its first meeting. Governor Tom Wolf paved the way for the new commission and other needed reforms to the industry earlier this year when he signed Act 7. The law represents the first significant industry reforms in three decades - a period over which time the nature and breadth of racing in Pennsylvania changed dramatically, bringing with it new challenges and new opportunities. The new commission puts the oversight of Thoroughbred and Standardbred racing under one body, rather than the two separate commissions that existed previously for each breed. "Racing today is incredibly different than it was decades ago," said Governor Wolf. "We had to change with the times. The previous system left the commonwealth with a framework under which we lacked the resources to ensure the sport's integrity. The system was broken, and we were facing a structural deficit in the state's Racing Fund, which jeopardized our ability to oversee the industry and protect the wagering public. "This new commission and the other reforms enacted, with the support of the General Assembly, puts us in a much better position to ensure the future of racing in Pennsylvania," Governor Wolf added. "The new commission includes industry leaders who are committed to a thriving industry." In October 2015, the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture announced it no longer had the needed financial resources to maintain operations at the state's two racing commissions - the Horse Racing Commission and the Harness Racing Commission - or to operate the Pennsylvania Equine Toxicology Research Laboratory (PETRL) at West Chester University where samples from race horses are tested for performance-enhancing substances. As a result, the state faced the difficult prospect of suspending racing in Pennsylvania. The structural deficit in the State Racing Fund was the result of a 71 percent decline in wagers on live horse racing in the state since 2001. Pari-mutuel taxes on those wagers fund the oversight of racing in the state. That persistent imbalance had been noted by the Wolf administration, the administrations of previous governors, as well as the state auditor general and the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board. In response to this challenge, the Wolf Administration convened a working group of state officials, members of the legislature and stakeholders from the equine industry and the state's six licensed racetrack operators to develop a solution. The results of those negotiations are reflected in Act 7. As part of today's meeting, commissioners discussed the financial status of the state Racing Fund, operations at PETRL, sources of funding through pari-mutuel taxes and the Race Horse Development Fund, as well as budgets for the commission and PETRL in fiscal years 2016-17 and 2017-16. "Today represents the beginning of a new day for racing in Pennsylvania," said Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding. "This is the result of hard work and compromise by a number of stakeholders. Each of the involved parties came to the table, engaged in meaningful discussions and provided leadership to get us to this point. I sincerely thank each of them for that. "Act 7 and the Race Horse Development and Gaming Act make clear that horse and harness racing are important parts of our agricultural economy. Collectively, racing contributes an estimated $1.6 billion in economic activity for Pennsylvania, with many of those dollars going to support agricultural operations. The commonwealth has made two very intentional and clear statements - we value racing and what it does economically for this state. I look forward to the work the commission will do moving forward to grow this industry." The new commission will have a total of nine members. Per Act 7, five appointments are made by the governor - one veterinarian, one representative of a Thoroughbred horsemen's organization, one representative of a Thoroughbred breeder organization, one representative of a Standardbred horsemen's association, and one representative of a Standardbred breeder organization - and four members appointed by each of the four legislative caucuses. As of now, there are six seated members, including: Salvatore M. DeBunda, Philadelphia County Russell B. Jones, Chester County Dr. Corinne Sweeney, Chester County Thomas J. Ellis, Montgomery County C. Edward Rogers, Cumberland County Michelle C. Ruddy, Lackawanna County Secretary Redding serves as an ex-officio, non-voting, member and will chair the commission. Appointees will serve an initial two-year term and then terms will be staggered with the governor's appointees serving three years and legislative appointees serving two-year terms. Three other individuals were appointed to the commission, but after further consideration, removed their names from consideration. It will be up to the respective nominating bodies to put forth additional names for consideration to fill the three open seats. While the state now has one unified commission under Act 7, there are two breed-specific bureaus: the Thoroughbred (Horse) and Standardbred (Harness) racing bureaus. This structure allows the commission to make decisions on breed-specific issues. The commission's next meeting is scheduled for July 27 at 10 a.m. at the Department of Agriculture's headquarters in Harrisburg. For more information about racing in Pennsylvania, visit www.agriculture.pa.gov and search "racing." From the PA Department of Agriculture

After winning a race several years ago at Goshen Historic Track as a "student," Kimberly Gilman-Daios hopes to notch a victory at the upstate New York oval as a "teacher." Gilman-Daios won the U.S. Trotting Association Driving School exhibition race at Historic Track in 2012, with assistance from professional driver Gareth Dowse. Gilman-Daios attended the USTA Driving School because she wanted to get licensed as a trainer and driver, which she did soon after completing the program. On Friday, Gilman-Daios returns to Historic Track with Steuben Magic Ride, who competes in the first of two divisions of the New York Excelsior Series B for 3-year-old male pacers. Gilman-Daios owns and trains the gelding. "I'm looking forward to getting back there," Gilman-Daios said. "I love Goshen. That was like the best time of my life. It was a learning experience, definitely. I was in Ray Schnittker's barn and he does a really good job with his horses. Some of the things that he does I was able to take back with me and use on my own." Friday's eight-race card, which begins at 1 p.m., kicks off the Grand Circuit meet at Historic Track. There will be four days of racing at the track and Sunday's festivities include Hall of Fame inductions at the adjacent Harness Racing Museum and Hall of Fame. Steuben Magic Ride heads to his race Friday looking for his first win, but the pacer has posted two second-place finishes and two thirds in five career races. Four of his starts came last year, when Gilman-Daios drove the horse herself on the New York fair circuit. "He's still learning to race this year," Gilman-Daios said. "I wanted to win with him last year in the worst way, but he wasn't ready yet. He wasn't a fighter. But this year he's a tiger." Gilman-Daios got married last fall and gets help from husband Greg when he has time. "He wasn't into the horses before, but he married into it so he has no choice," Gilman-Daios said, laughing. "He works full time for a company, but he's been giving me a hand at the barn when he can." Gilman-Daios' family has been involved in harness racing for generations. She lived in New Hampshire when she attended the Driving School, but has moved to Vernon, N.Y., where she has a four-horse stable. She owns three of the horses and also trains a horse for another 2012 Driving School graduate, Sophie Engerran. "So far so good," said Gilman-Daios, who worked for a utilities company prior to deciding to focus on training horses. "Before I was at a retirement stage I wanted to have a stable and do this as a job. At the time (of the Driving School) it wasn't the right time because I had a career. Now I've made the time to do it. I enjoy it, I really do." by Ken Weingartner/Harness Racing Communications/USTA

A quartet of $40,000 Ohio Sires Stakes divisions are set to be contested Saturday night at Scioto Downs, featuring 32 side-wheeling sophomore fillies that were born and bred in the Buckeye State, vying in the third leg of this series. First race post time at the five-eighths mile oval is 6:30 pm, ET. Each Ohio Sires Stakes (OSS) event features a field of eight fillies. She Gone and Johnsbadgirl square off in the first OSS division (Race2). Both of these Ohio-breds each captured an earlier leg of this series. She Gone, who hails from the Brian Brown Stable, won her first leg smartly in 1:55.1 at Miami Valley Raceway on May 6, while Johnsbadgirl won by a nose over Big Bad Ashley in 1:54 in a second leg battle at Scioto Downs on May 30. Trained by Mike Polhamus for owner/breeder Julie Farley of Bradford, OH, Johnsbadgirl is a daughter of Big Bad John-Remembered Promise-Cambest, who has career earnings of $46,730. She Gone, a daughter of Feelin Friskie bred by Midland Acres, is co-owned by her trainer and CL McCown of Ostrander, OH and R M Lombardo of Solon, OH. She's recorded seven wins in 18 starts and $41,775 in career earnings for her connections. The second $40,000 OSS division (Race 3) appears to be the most competitive, with legs one and two victress Clarebear heading up the group. The homebred World Of Rocknroll filly has done nothing less than sweep her OSS contests with ease, pacing to three wins and $46,450 this year in just seven starts. Conditioned and co-owned by AJ Carlo for the C2G Stable of Lebanon, OH, Clarebear's class should prevail, despite being saddled with the seven-hole. Queen Ann M--who won her OSS leg 2 on May 30 at Scioto Downs by a nose over Naked By Nine in 1:53.2, gets the advantage of the rail for trainer Mike Roth and owners Allan Keith of Pataskala, OH and Carl and Melanie Atley of Xenia, OH. A winner of $51,600 this season and $152,877 lifetime, the Big Bad John lass was bred by Midland Acres' Jay Mossbarger. Naked By Nine, a daughter of Manhardt, has finished second by a neck and a nose in both of her previous OSS tests this season. Trained by Mark Winters, Sr., for Dennis Shaner of Wapakoneta, OH, Naked By Nine is still looking for her elusive first win of 2016, but did turn in an impressive, 1:54.3 qualifying effort at Scioto Downs on June 27. OSS leg 2 winner It's Your Fantasy hails from the rail in the third OSS division (Race 10). The Jim Arledge, Jr., trainee stopped the timer in 1:55.1 in leg 1 on May 6 at Miami Valley and sports two wins in six tries this year, with seasonal earnings of $32,550 for Winchester Baye Acres of Powell, OH. The brown daughter by Big Bad John was bred by Greg & Holly Martin, and has a career bankroll of $66,755. Gorgeous Road is the second highest money earner in this third OSS division, and will start from post seven for driver Kurt Sugg, who owns the daughter of I'm Gorgeous in partnership with trainer Cory Deyermand of Dorset, OH and Patricia Nappi of Jefferson, OH. A winner of $53,401 lifetime, Gorgeous Road was fourth in leg 1 and a cool second in leg 2 of this series. She was bred by Spring Haven Farm and Doug Millard. Trainer Jim Dailey will tighten the girth on My Tweed Heart in the fourth and final OSS division (Race 11) Saturday night. The daughter of Manhardt-Tweedle D-Towner's Big Guy won leg 1 on May 6 at Miami Valley in a hasty 1:54.4, and then returned at the end of that month to just miss by a neck to rival Ohsowigglesspecial. Owned by Carl and Melanie Atley of Xenia, OH and Alan Keith of Pataskala, OH, My Tweed Heart has career earnings of $186,202. Bred by Stanley Swango III of Florida, the bay filly has four wins in 2016 and has not finished off the board in six tries. Ohsowigglesspecial will be trying to continue her sweep of the series as well. Co-owner Joe Paver will harness the daughter of Mr Wiggles from post five for regular pilot Dan Noble. Pearl Warren and Dennis Paver also co-own the brown filly, who won leg 1 on May 6 at Miami Valley, clocked in 1:54.4 and and in 1:55.1 in leg 2 on May 30 at Scioto Downs. This homebred lass now has 15 wins in 22 career starts and $85,110 in her lifetime bank account. Ohio Sires Stakes action continues Sunday night with 65 freshmen pacing and trotting fillies competing in 14 divisions (leg 1) at Northfield Park. On Monday, the action returns to Scioto Downs, as freshmen trotting and pacing colts wage war in OSS contests. by Kimberly Rinker, for the Ohio Sire Stakes  

Columbus, OH --- The U.S. Trotting Association announced on Wednesday (June 29) that a new, online version of the Trotting & Pacing Guide, the harness racing industry's media guide, was launched on its website, www.ustrotting.com. "Through the efforts of several departments at the USTA who have worked closely together on this project, we now have the most complete compilation of up-to-date information, statistics and records in the history of our industry," said USTA Executive Vice President and CEO Mike Tanner in making the announcement. "The new, online T&P Guide contains more current information than the annual, printed publication and it is available anywhere, anytime on any internet-capable device." The online version contains much more information than the printed edition and provides up-to-date information, statistics and records on a daily basis instead of being restricted to annual updates. It will now provide interactive features for desktop and laptop computers as well as mobile devices. Since the information resides in a number of different places, a new landing page was created for the T&P Guide that will provide navigation to the previous information in the book as well as all of the new information that is now available. A new T&P Guide tab is located on the top (black) menu bar on every page of www.ustrotting.com beside the existing PATHWAY link for ease of access. Up-to-date, industry-wide statistical information will reside in PATHWAY to provide greatly expanded reports and categories. Many reports will be available at no cost, but will also include hyperlinks and the ability to research other paid PATHWAY offerings, including video replays. In addition, a new All-Time category is offered for the Top Performers' reports. Updated daily for current leaders, this will also allow easy online research of all previous year's Top Performers' information without the need for a library of the annual, printed editions of the T&P Guide books. Additional statistical categories and more new information will be added moving forward. From the USTA Communications Department  

After last weekend's three Ben Franklin Pace eliminations produced two of the three fastest miles in harness racing history on a five-eighths-mile track, horsemen and fans are anticipating an extraordinary encore in Saturday's $500,000 final at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. Five-year-old stallion Always B Miki won his Franklin elimination in 1:47, equaling Sweet Lou's record for the fastest-ever mile on a five-eighths oval. Freaky Feet Pete followed with a 1:47.1 victory in his elim, setting the record for the fastest mile by a 4-year-old on a five-eighths track. Prior to those two performances, 2015 Horse of the Year Wiggle It Jiggleit won his Franklin elimination in 1:48.1. Earlier this season, the 4-year-old gelding posted a 1:47.3 triumph on the five-eighths oval at Harrah's Philadelphia. The Ben Franklin Pace final is the first-ever meeting of all three horses in the same race. The event is part of Pocono's Sun Stakes Saturday, which also includes stakes for 3-year-old pacers and trotters. "As a fan, it's just tremendous," said Mitchel Skolnick, who is one of the owners of the Jimmy Takter-trained Always B Miki. "We wait years for horses like this to come along, and to see the three each at his best, it's special. Hopefully, everyone gets what they're expecting (on Saturday)." History's fastest pacing mile is the 1:46.1 time-trial mark established by Cambest in 1993. The fastest time for a race mile is 1:46.4, which is shared by four horses. Many people believe the record for a race mile --- if not the time-trial clocking --- could fall in the Franklin final. "It's a possibility if it all goes the right way," said Larry Rheinheimer, who bred Freaky Feet Pete and trains the stallion for his wife Mary Jo and son Marty. "But I don't worry about that until afterwards. My goal is to be the first one across the finish line. The time? We'll take that when it comes. I was excited with the (1):47.1 and the 4-year-old record. It will be a good race regardless. I'm excited." Added George Teague Jr., who owns the Clyde Francis-trained Wiggle It Jiggleit, "If it's a night like the other night and the weather is warm with no wind, I think it's possible they can go (1):46 and a piece or thereabouts. It's perfect the way it worked out from the other night's races. They all won, and won in big fashion. "The buildup for this race is great. There's a lot of buzz." Wiggle It Jiggleit, the No. 1-ranked horse in the current Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll, has won eight of 11 races this year. He brings a four-race victory streak to the Franklin final, with his triumphs including the Battle of Lake Erie and Dorothy Mullin Invitational. A son of Mr Wiggles-Mozzi Hanover, Wiggle It Jiggleit has won 31 of 38 lifetime races and earned $2.63 million. He has finished worse than second only once in his career. Wiggle It Jiggleit is the Franklin's 5-2 morning line favorite and will start the race from post No. 3 with driver Montrell Teague, the son of George Teague Jr., in the sulky. Wiggle It Jiggleit won his elimination by 1-1/4 lengths. "I'm not going to kid you, I'd rather be 1-9 going for $500,000 than have to race those two horses," the elder Teague said, laughing. "I'd be stupid to say anything differently. But to be a part of this, it's definitely a lot of fun. I'm excited. I'm all pumped up. I love our chances. I still think we have the best horse in the game. I'm sure the other two think they have the best horse in the game, too. Now it's prove-it time." Always B Miki, the No. 2-ranked horse in the sport's poll, has won eight of 10 races since returning to action from injury last October. The son of Always A Virgin-Artstopper has won 22 of 41 career starts and earned $1.31 million. He is owned by Bluewood Stable, Roll The Dice Stable, and Christina Takter. In his elimination, Always B Miki raced on the outside for much of the mile, but was able to overtake pacesetter Mel Mara at the top of the stretch and pull away for a 3-3/4 length win. "I don't think I've been more impressed with a horse that I've trained than I was with him in that race," said Jimmy Takter, who will watch Always B Miki and driver David Miller start from post No. 7 in the Franklin final. "I was so proud of him. "Personally, I think this is probably as exciting a race coming up that there ever was. All the drivers have confidence in their horse. They all think they're going to win it. All three raced fantastic last weekend; they all looked great. It's going to be a horserace." Freaky Feet Pete, the fourth-ranked horse in harness racing's Top 10, has won five of six races this year and 29 of 33 lifetime starts. The son of Rockin Image-Skyway Lori has finished worse than third only once in his career and earned $1.22 million. He won his elimination by 5-3/4 lengths and will start the final from post six with regular driver Trace Tetrick. "Pete raced good; I was real happy with him," Rheinheimer said. "He came out of it good, eating good and everything, so we're ready to go. I think it will be a good race. It'll probably come down to whoever gets the breaks and the racing luck." In addition to the "Big Three," the Franklin final includes Canada's 2015 Horse of the Year State Treasurer plus world champions Mel Mara, who defeated Always B Miki earlier this season, and Always At My Place. Add in Shamballa and the 10-horse field features seven horses that have won in 1:48 or faster. Below is the Ben Franklin field followed by the fields for the remaining stakes Saturday at Pocono: $500,000 Ben Franklin (Race 11; estimated post time 9:55 p.m.) PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer-ML 1 - Mel Mara - Corey Callahan - Dylan Davis - 6/1 2 - Shamballa - Scott Zeron - Rick Zeron - 8/1 3 - Wiggle It Jiggleit - Montrell Teague - Clyde Francis - 5/2 4 - State Treasurer - Tim Tetrick - Ian Moore - 15/1 5 - Sunfire Blue Chip - Brett Miller - Jimmy Takter - 12/1 6 - Freaky Feet Pete - Trace Tetrick - Larry Rheinheimer - 3/1 7 - Always B Miki - David Miller - Jimmy Takter - 4/1 8 - All Bets Off - Matt Kakaley - Ron Burke - 20/1 9 - Rock N' Roll World - Jim Morrill Jr. - Ron Burke - 30/1 10 - Always At My Place - Yannick Gingras - Ron Burke - 10/1 Always At My Place starts from the second tier $300,000 James M. Lynch Memorial (Race 9; estimated post time 9:08 p.m.) PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer-ML 1 - JK Fannie - Jim Morrill Jr. - Nancy Johansson - 10/1 2 - I Said Diamonds - Matt Kakaley - Matias Ruiz - 5/1 3 - Newborn Sassy - Tim Tetrick - Jo Ann Looney-King - 4/1 4 - Lindwood Beachgirl - Yannick Gingras - Mark Steacy - 12/1 5 - Skinny Dipper - Scott Zeron - Ross Croghan - 20/1 6 - Darlinonthebeach - David Miller - Nancy Johansson - 3/1 7 - Pure Country - Brett Miller - Jimmy Takter - 5/2 8 - Blue Moon Stride - Andrew McCarthy - Mark Harder - 6/1 9 - Penpal - Pat Lachance - Pat Lachance - 15/1 $500,000 Max C. Hempt Memorial (Race 10; estimated post time 9:31 p.m.) PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer-ML 1 - More Dragon - Jim Morrill Jr. - Ron Burke - 20/1 2 - Racing Hill - Brett Miller - Tony Alagna - 5/2 3 - Western Fame - George Napolitano Jr. - Jimmy Takter - 12/1 4 - JK Will Power - Yannick Gingras - Ron Burke - 6/1 5 - Talk Show - Scott Zeron - Steve Elliott - 8/1 6 - Boston Red Rocks - Tim Tetrick - Steve Elliott - 5/1 7 - Katies Rocker - David Miller - Jim Campbell - 4/1 8 - Control The Moment - Randy Waples - Brad Maxwell - 7/2 9 - Big Top Hanover - Matt Kakaley - Ron Burke - 15/1 $500,000 Earl Beal Jr. Memorial (Race 12; estimated post time 10:20 p.m.) PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer-ML 1 - Reigning Moni - Scott Zeron - Jimmy Takter - 10/1 2 - Hollywood Highway - John Campbell - Staffan Lind - 15/1 3 - Truemass Volo - Eric Goodell - Douglas Hamilton - 12/1 4 - Dayson - Jim Morrill Jr. - Ron Burke - 3/1 5 - Trolley - Marcus Miller - Erv Miller - 6/1 6 - Brooklyn Hill - David Miller - Jonas Czernyson - 5/1 7 - Southwind Frank - Yannick Gingras - Ron Burke - 5/2 8 - Dice Man - Ake Svanstedt - Ake Svanstedt - 20/1 9 - Bar Hopping - Tim Tetrick - Jimmy Takter - 4/1 by Ken Weingartner/Harness Racing Communications/USTA  

A reminder that this Sunday, July 3 is Hall of Fame Day at the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame in Goshen, New York. Tickets to attend Sunday evening's Hall of Fame Dinner can still be had. Individual tickets are $125. Call the Museum at 845-294-6330 for information. There will be live harness racing at neighboring Goshen Historic Track Friday through Monday, July 1-4, including the classic Hall of Fame Invitational Trot on Sunday, Hall of Fame Day. Post time is 1:00 each day. Admission is $5 and children 12 and under are free. If you can't make it to Goshen this weekend, watch live streaming video of the Hall of Fame induction ceremonies at the USTA's website at www.ustrotting.com. Festivities begin at 7:00 p.m. ET. While you're online, visit the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame's new, redesigned website at www.harnessmuseum.com. Museum news, Hall of Famer biographies and historic harness racing photographs make up just some of the updated content you can explore at our informative new site. From the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame

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A total of 111 freshman Ohio-bred distaffs filled the Northfield Park entry box this week, with 14 Ohio Sires Stakes (OSS) leg one divisions set for Sunday, July 3, at the Cleveland half-miler. Forty-six 2-year-old trotting fillies in six $40,000 divisions and 65 freshman pacing fillies in eight $40,000 divisions will line up behind the Northfield starting gate, with a post time of 6 pm, ET. Some of the outstandingly-bred trotting fillies that will compete on Sunday include Rose Run Sydney, a Steve Carter-trainee who qualified at Scioto Downs on June 13 in 2:03.4, before winning an Ohio Fair Stake at Circleville on June 19 in 2:09.4. She vies from post two in the first OSS division (Race 1). Co-owned by Carter and Adam Friedland of Brooklyn, NY and Robert Reid of Mansfield, OH, this daughter of Triumphant Caviar was a $10,000 yearling purchase at the 2015 Ohio Select Sale. Bred by the Rose Run Farm, Rose Run Sydney is the fifth foal out of the Angus Hall mare Stonebridge Dancer 3, 1:57.3f ($34,902), and is a half-sister to Magic Dancing 3, 1:59.3f ($51,929); Magic Hat 4, Q1:57.3 ($38,951); and White Gloves 4, 1:57s ($33,145)--all by Kadabra. One royally-bred filly is the Break The Bank K lass Amuse's, who'll carry the colors of owner/breeder Robert Key of Leechburg, PA from post three in the fifth OSS trotting division (Race 12). She is the third of five foals out of the broodmare Sweet Mademoiselle Q1:58.4f ($39,960)--herself a daughter of the mighty Italian-foaled Varenne, unquestionably one of the greatest trotters of all time. Amuse's is conditioned by Rich Gillock, and made her career debut in a Vernon Downs qualifier on June 4, when she was timed in 2:01.3, before making two attempts at The Meadowlands. Her last qualifier at the East Rutherford, New Jersey facility saw her timed in 1:58 on June 25, with an impressive :27.3 final panel brush. Pennys N Dimes comes into OSS division four (Race 7) fresh off an impressive qualifier. The daughter of Break The Bank K--also owned and bred by Robert Key--qualified on June 24 at The Meadows in 2:01.3 under wraps for trainer Norm Parker. She's the fifth foal out of the top-bred Lindy Lane mare Fast Lane K 4, 1:54.3s ($296,289)--herself a Pennsylvania Sires Stakes winner for these same connections. Pennys N Dimes is thus a half-sister to these speedy siblings: Expressway K (by Angus Hall) 3, Q1:55.4f; Dewey Lane (by Deweycheatumnhowe) 2, 1:56.4f; and Liberty Lane (by Deweycheatumnhowe) 2, 1:57.3s. The filly pacing divisions could be referred to as the "Brian Brown" show, as this Delaware, Ohio-based conditioner sends out a serious group of talented neophyte side-wheelers. One of Brown's most impressive fillies is Bye Bye Felicia, a daughter of Woodstock, out of the unraced Camluck mare Tea Time. Bred by Sugar Valley Farm's Billy Walters and Joe Mclead, Bye Bye Felicia stormed to a winning 1:55.1 Scioto Downs qualifier on June 27, devastating her rivals by a full five lengths. This tenacious filly is owned by Jennifer Brown of Ostrander, OH in partnership with Joyce McClelland of Zanesville, OH, Steve Mullet of Millersburg, OH and Dean Davis of Wooster, OH. Bye Bye Felicia starts from post five in the first division (Race 2). Prawn Star is another Brown trainee who scored a qualifying time of 1:57.1 at Scioto Downs on June 27. This daughter of Big Bad John-Jellyfish Joy-Cam's Magic Trick was bred and is co-owned by Daniel Wozniak of Perrysburg, OH and the Kalinoski Stable of Hillard, OH. Prawn Star starts from post five in the second OSS division (Race 4). Bellasbrowneyegirl heads up the fourth OSS division (Race 9) from the rail for owner Jennifer Brown of Ostrander, OH and the Lomangino Standardbreds of Tinton Falls, NJ, who also bred the filly. This McArdle lass posted a trio of solid qualifying efforts, with a 2:05 score on June 8 and a 2:01.1 triumph on June 16 at Delaware, before posting a 1:58 mark at Scioto Downs on June 22. In all three efforts for her trainer she brushed home in :29.1 or faster. Bellasbrowneyegirl is the fourth foal out of the A Stud Named Sue mare Cristinella Bella p,4,1:55.3, and is a half-sister to The Illuminator (by Big Jim) p, 2, 1:53.1 ($18,827), now three. In the fifth OSS pacing division (Race 11), Brown will tighten the girth on Type A Grey, a daughter of Art Official-Just My Type-American Ideal for owner Emerald Highland Farm of Mount Vernon, OH. Bred by the White Birch Farm of New Jersey, Type A Grey posted back-to-back impressive 1:58 qualifiers--the first at Delaware on June 16 and the second at Scioto Downs on June 27. In the first she flew home in :27.4 and in the second her final quarter was timed in :28.3. Type A Grey--whose Western Terror 3-year-old half-sister Ava N Ella won in 1:53.2 this year, starts from post three in this division. Finally, Brown sends out Western Art from post five in the sixth OSS filly pacing division (Race 15). Owned and bred by the Miller's Stable of Leburn, KY, Westrn Art paced to a pair of winning qualifying efforts for her connections. She posted a 1:59 clocking on June 16 at Delaware and followed that up with a 1:58.2 winning time at Scioto Downs on June 27. In both instances her final panels were in :28.4 or faster. She's by Art Official, and is the first foal out of the Western Hanover mare Western Royalty p, 3, 1:53.2F ($106,498). Other top contenders include the Brenda Teague bred, owned and trained lass Gorgeous Halie, a daughter of I'm Gorgeous, out of the Real Artist mare Southwind Halie. This Houston, DE-based filly was timed in 1:57.3, with a :26.4 final brush in a second place qualifying finish at Vernon Downs on June 18. She then paced in 1:55.4, with a :26.1 last quarter in a Meadowlands baby race on June 24. Gorgeous Halie starts from post two in the third OSS division (Race 6). Trainer Ron Burke sends Rosemary Rose postward in the seventh OSS division (Race 16) from the five-hole for driver Mike Wilder. This Foreclosure N filly is co-owned by Burke and JV Melillo of Powell, OH and Weaver Bruscemi of Cannonsburg, PA. Rosemary Rose posted two solid qualifying efforts at the Meadows, timed in 1:59.4 on June 2 and in 1:58.2 on June 12, flying home in :27. Bred by Ron Salcedo of Tennesse, Rosemary Rose is the sixth of seven foals out of The Panderosa mare Pantathlon p, 2, 1:54.4f ($20,221). Her half-siblings include: Pan From Nantucket p, 5, 1:51.3h ($555,929); Panstakingly p, 3, 1:54.2s ($64,490); Nip Pan Tuck p, 2, 1:54.4s ($50,899)--all by No Pan Intended; and Holiday Romance (by Artistic Fella) p, 3, 1:57.4h ($24,396). by Kimberly Rinker, for the OSDF
This Week: Ben Franklin Pace, Earl Beal Jr. Memorial, Max C. Hempt Memorial and James M. Lynch Memorial finals, The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, Wilkes-Barre, Pa.; Cleveland Trotting Classic, Northfield Park, Northfield, Ohio; Tompkins-Geers, Tioga Downs, Nichols, N.Y.; Miss Versatility, Mohawk Racetrack, Campbellville, Ontario; and Landmark Stakes, Historic Track, Goshen, N.Y. Schedule of events: The Grand Circuit spotlight will once again be on The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono this Saturday night (July 2) as the track will host four lucrative stakes finals in the $500,000 Ben Franklin for older pacers, the $500,000 Earl Beal Jr. Memorial for 3-year-old trotters, the $500,000 Max C. Hempt Memorial for 3-year-old male pacers and the $300,000 James M. Lynch Memorial for 3-year-old filly pacers. Also on Saturday, Northfield Park will host the $180,000 Cleveland Trotting Classic for older trotters, while Historic Track will card eight Landmark Stakes for 2- and 3-year-olds of both sexes and gaits. A trio of Friday night (July 1) stakes open the Grand Circuit action this week with the Tompkins-Geers at Tioga Downs and the Miss Versatility at Mohawk. At Tioga, there will be two divisions in the $77,380 Tompkins-Geers for 3-year-old male trotters and two divisions in the $55,380 Tompkins-Geers for 3-year-old filly trotters. Mohawk will host a pair of C$30,000 divisions in the Miss Versatility for older trotting mares. Complete entries for the U.S. races can be found by clicking on this link. Mohawk entries are available at this link. Last time: Last weekend's Grand Circuit action opened up on Friday night (June 24) at Meadowlands Racetrack with the $200,000 Arthur Cutler Memorial for older trotters. Displaying no ill effects after being away from the races for almost a month, Resolve powered down the road to an easy one length win in the Cutler. Resolve, the even-money favorite, was sent away fast from post seven and had the lead at the quarter in :27.1. Trainer-driver Ake Svanstedt did a masterful job of rating the second fraction, which was timed in a sleepy :30 as they hit the half in :57.1. Obrigado, the 2-1 second choice fresh off wins in the Maxie Lee and Charlie Hill Memorial, vacated the four hole at the seven-sixteenths and grinded his way into contention at three-quarters, which went in 1:25.4. Then Svanstedt hit the gas and Resolve responded with a final quarter of :26.3, leaving Obrigado behind while opening up a safe lead. Flanagan Memory, who went a third-over trip, closed well through the stretch to end up a no-threat second. Obrigado held third. Resolve trotted the mile in 1:52.2 for owner Hans Enggren. Social media was abuzz when Wiggle It Jiggleit captured the first of three $30,000 Ben Franklin eliminations on Saturday (June 25) at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, but the horse that many considered to be the star attraction was overshadowed by his two colleagues that triumphed in the two following divisions and establishes a contest in the $500,000 final on Saturday (July 2) that may very well be epic. Wiggle It Jiggleit is the 2015 Harness Horse of the Year, and is the top-ranked horse in the industry poll. Trained by Clyde Francis and owned by George Teague Jr. Inc. and Teague Racing Partnership, the gelding won his Franklin elimination in 1:48.1. Which was the slowest elimination. By a full second. Because world records were set in the other two cuts: first the 5-year-old pacing stallion Always B Miki took his Franklin elimination in 1:47, equaling Sweet Lou's all-time world record for a five-eighths-mile track (set in the Franklin final two years ago) and missing the all-time race record by a single tick, and then Freaky Feet Pete was off by himself much of the other elimination and still crossed the wire in 1:47.1, a world record for a 4-year-old pacing horse on a five-eighths-mile track. Always B Miki now has won four of six races and $91,500 this year, and 22 of 41 races and $1,319,576 lifetime. Jimmy Takter has brought the pacer all the way back from injury to the top of his game for owners Bluewood Stable, Roll The Dice Stable, and Christina Takter. Freaky Feet Pete is now five-for-six in 2016 and an amazing 29-for-33 in his career, with $1,224,050 in his till for trainer Larry Rheinheimer and owners Mary Jo Rheinheimer and Marty Rheinheimer and he completed the "Indiana-sired" sweep of the Franklin eliminations. Complete recaps of the weekend races, including the other six Pocono stakes eliminations, are available at the Grand Circuit website. Grand Circuit Standings: In 2016, the Grand Circuit leaders in three categories (driver, trainer and owner) will once again be tracked on a points system (20-10-5 for the top three finishers in divisions/finals and 10-5-2 for the top three finishers in eliminations/legs). Winbak Farm is the sponsor for the 2016 Grand Circuit awards. Here are the current leaders: Drivers: 1. Jordan Stratton - 191.5; 2. David Miller - 170; 3. Yannick Gingras - 167; 4. Tim Tetrick - 166; 5. Matt Kakaley - 130. Trainers: 1. Ron Burke - 258; 2. Jeff Bamond Jr. - 170; 3. Peter Tritton - 139.5; 4. Rene Allard - 125; 5. Jimmy Takter - 118. Owners: 1. Harry von Knoblauch - 139.5; 2. Bamond Racing - 112; 3. Burke Racing Stable - 72.6; 4. Weaver Bruscemi - 62.85; 5t. George Teague Jr. Inc. - 51.25; 5t. Teague Racing Partnership - 51.25. Looking ahead: Grand Circuit action will be taking place next week at Tioga Downs, Meadowlands Racetrack, and Yonkers Raceway. Tioga will host Tompkins-Geers races for 3-year-old colt and filly pacers; The Meadowlands will host the Graduate Series finals for 4-year-old pacers and trotters, Meadowlands Pace eliminations for 3-year-olds and a Reynolds division for 3-year-old filly trotters; and Yonkers features Lawrence Sheppard eliminations for 2-year-old pacers. by Paul Ramlow, for the Grand Circuit
East Rutherford, NJ - The holiday weekend at The Meadowlands offers a look into racing's future with two-year-old stakes on Friday, July 1 then celebrates America's Independence on Saturday with a special 6:30 p.m. post time and a grand fireworks display immediately following the races.   The New Jersey Sires Stakes (NJSS) for two-year-olds gets underway on Friday with six divisions of Garden State bred trotting and pacing hopefuls.   It's been said that it takes a Muscle Hill to beat a Muscle Hill. That claim becomes fact in the four divisions of freshman trots as all of the twenty five participants are the progeny of that top trotting sire.   A dozen colts were split into two $20,000 divisions carded as races three and four.   The $280,000 Lexington sale purchase Mountain Of Love has had a pair of Meadowlands baby races in preparation for his pari-mutuel debut in the third race. He's trotted in the 1:59 range with solid final fractions in each and leaves from post position four with driver Scott Zeron. Tony Alagna conditions the colt for his own interests as Alagna Racing with partners Crawford Racing, Mystical Marker Farms and In The Gym Partners.   The second division of colts finds Fly On also situated in post four. He has been successful in both of his preps, most recently streaking home in 27.3 for driver Andy Miller to finish out a 1:59.4 mile. Fly On was a $55,000 Lexington purchase by trainer Julie Miller on behalf of the Andy Miller Stable, Arden Homestead Stable and GTY Stable.   Trotting fillies open the Friday card with a field of six chasing the winner's share of the $20,000 purse. Checkmate Time (post four) has been very impressive in her morning trials, trotting sub 28 final quarters in each resulting in a pair of closing seconds before winning her most recent effort in 1:59.2. She is a homebred racing for the interests of Roy Dobbins, is trained by Dennis Laterza and Scott Zeron has the call on her as well.   Seven precocious trotting fillies will contest division two of the stake (race six). Ariana G has won both of her schooling races, trotting home in 27 and change in each the latest a 1:58.2 tally out of the pocket for Yannick Gingras. She's a Marvin Katz & Al Libfeld homebred trained by Hall of Famer Jimmy Takter.   The pacing fillies and colts will race for a purse of $25,000 being just a single division for each. If I Can Dream boasts a like distinction to Muscle Hill on this gait as all of the pacers are by that Breeders Crown winning sire.   The colts number seven in race two with Aaron Lambert going old school as the owner, trainer and driver on his $12,000 Harrisburg bargain colt Every Way Out. He was an easy 1:59.2 winner at Gaitway Farms in his first outing, followed up by a useful fourth in preparation for Friday's stake.   Ten of the fairer sex throw down in race ten where trainer Erv Miller and Ron Michelon's homebred Livinginthedream has the most impressive credentials but must overcome the far outside post ten. She's paced home hard in each of her three prior efforts and has the talent, it's left to driver Marcus Miller to fashion the winning trip.   Last year's Cane Pace champ Dealt A Winner makes his seasonal debut on Saturday, facing a field of high-end condition types in the sixth race.   Saturday's early post time will result in the live races being concluded by around 10:15 p.m. with the Ben Franklin and Earl Beal finals shown on the giant infield screen before the fireworks begin at 10:30.   With Saturday's earlier-than-normal post time, the track's Pick Five guarantee will not be offered on the sequence which covers Races 1 - 5. In addition, the Late Pick Four wager's guarantee will be $40,000. The Late Pick Four covers Races 7 - 10. The Early Pick Four (Races 3 - 6) will continue to offer a $25,000 guaranteed pool. These changes will only be in effect on Saturday, July 2. From the Meadowlands Media Relations Department
Northeast Ohio's premier trotting race, the Cleveland Trotting Classic, will go to post Saturday (July 2) at Northfield Park. This will be the second edition of the Classic and it carries a purse of $180,000. The Grand Circuit event has attracted some of the best veteran trotters in North America. It has been slated as the 11th event on a 15-race program. First race post time is 6 p.m. 1-Obrigado, runner-up in this event last year, draws the rail for his return. He has been victorious in 37 of 68 career races, including a 21 race win streak earlier in his career. He has lifetime earnings of $1,019,749 and a 1:51.3 (M 1) mark taken last year. Although entering this event off a third place finish in the $200,000 Cutler Memorial, Obrigado has three wins in six races this year. Those wins include the $200,000 Maxie Lee at Harrah's Philadelphia and the $210,000 Charlie Hill Memorial at Scioto Downs. The six year-old is owned by Paul Kelley Racing Stable, SRF Stable, Linwood Higgins and Stable 45. He is conditioned by Paul Kelley. Canadian native Mark MacDonald has been named to steer. 2-Homicide Hunter was sired my Mr Cantab and is owned by Michelle Crawford and Albert Crawford. With 20 career victories, he has been a model of consistency, finishing in the top three 29 of his 33 lifetime starts. He enters the Classic in very good form, just equaling his 1:51.4 lifetime mark in a $54,000 stake race on June 18 at The Meadows. That victory bolstered his career bankroll to $609,513. Christopher Oakes trains the four year-old gelding. Dave Palone, winner of more races than any driver in harness racing history, has been named to drive this 4-1 morning-line competitor. 3-Shake It Cerry has been named the 2-1 morning-line favorite. She is the richest in this year's field, sporting career earnings of $2,547,962. She has 50 lifetime starts and 28 career victories, including the $500,000 Breeders Crown in 2014. She is a five year-old daughter of Donato Hanover with a lifetime mark of 1:51.2 (Lex 1). Shake It Cerry is trained by Jimmy Takter and owned by Solveig's Racing Partners. Ronnie Wrenn Jr, Northfield Park's leading driver, has been given the driving assignment. 4-Il Songno Dream is one of two starters in this race from the powerful Christopher Beaver Stable. He has won 17, and been on the board in 32 of 54 career races. He has two runner-up finishes this year in three efforts. This five year-old son of Cantab Hall has career earnings of $803,077. His 1:50.2 (Lex 1) lifetime mark is the fastest in this race. Canadian Trevor Henry comes to drive this 10-1 morning line selection. 5-Muscle Up The Goal enters this race for owner Synerco Ventures, Inc. He is the second entrant in this field for trainer Christopher Beaver. 2015 Dash Driving Champion Aaron Merriman has been given the driving assignment for tonight's outing. The four year-old has already won three times in five tries this year and has won eight of 24 starts lifetime. He earned his 1:52 mark at The Meadows this year in a $20,000 Preferred event. In May of this year, Muscle Up The Goal broke the Northfield Park trotting record and a world record for four year-old trotting horses in 1:52.3. This son of Muscle Mass has lifetime earnings of $257,896. He carries an 8-1 morning line. 6-Maestro Blue Chip is owned by Richard Poillucci and trained by Jo Ann Looney-King. The four year-old enters this race off a 1:53.4 win on June 12 in the $75,000 Graduate at Tioga Downs. He has a total of 25 career starts with 13 triumphs, but has blossomed this year, winning 11 of 12 outings. He earned a 1:51.3 (M 1) lifetime mark just three races ago and has career earnings of $270,173. Victor Kirby has been named to drive this 6-1 morning-line starter. 7-Like Old Times was the 2015 Ohio Horse of the Year. She enters this race off two consecutive local victories, including a 1:55 track record performance and lifetime mark. This daughter of Chip Chip Hooray is owned by Keith Ross and trained on the Flying Turns by Northfield Park Wall of Famer and Ohio Trotmaster Don McKirgan. Like Old Times has 17 victories in 34 starts and has $343,350 in earnings. Ryan Stahl has been named to drive this 25-1 longshot. 8-Boffin, 25-1, enters off a runner-up finish in a $25,000 Open event at Scioto Downs. He has a 1:51.1 (PcD 5/8) lifetime mark and career earnings of $340,127. This son of Donato Hanover has won 28 of 85 career starts. Anette Lorentzon trains Boffin for owners ACL Stuteri AB, Kjell Johansson and Karin Lorentzon. Jason Merriman has been given the driving assignment. This year's Classic program undercard is highlighted by three $20,000 Open events. One features Foiled Again, the richest horse in the history of harness racing and a three-time Battle of Lake Erie winner. The Opens and the Trotting Classic comprise the evening's Pick-4, which carries a $10,000 guaranteed pool. In addition to superior racing action, the night will also offer guests a buffet in Lady Luck's clubhouse dining room. The buffet is just $19.95. Reservations are preferred and can be made by calling 330.467.4101. Guests who want to be close to all of the racing action can stop by the grandstand apron for an array of free fanfare activities. These attractions include a free Northfield Park ball cap for the first 1,500 patrons, a t-shirt toss from the winner's circle by the successful driver of each race, country band Six String Cowboy performing on the apron from 6-10 p.m., spinning of the Northfield Park Prize Wheel for free cash and prizes from 8-9 p.m., and some of Northeast Ohio's favorite food trucks on the grandstand apron from 6-10 p.m. by Ayers Ratliff, for Northfield Park
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