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Joggingtothebank rolled home to become the fastest 5-and-up gelded harness racing trotter in the history of MGM Northfield Park on Saturday (August 8) in the evening's third race. Joggingtothebank (Break The Bank K) - Jogging Home - Tom Ridge) fired off the gate from post four to lead his competition through quarter times of :27.1, :56.4, 1:24.1 and 1:52.4, winning by 4-1/2 lengths.   The previous 1:53 record was held by Outburst and Dan Charlino, set in 2018. Joggingtothebank now has three straight victories for trainer Marty Wollam, who owns the trotter with partners Julie Sweet and Dale Sweet. Kurt Sugg was aboard for the winning drive. The victory brings Joggingtothebank's career win tally to 15, and Saturday's victory increased his lifetime earnings to $178,000. Joggingtothebank returned $10.40 to win. by Ayers Ratliff, for MGM Northfield Park  

Northfield, OH--MGM Northfield Park's premier event on the harness racing calendar, the Carl Milstein Memorial, a by-invitation-only event for the sport's top three-year-old pacers, will be raced for a $250,000 purse on Saturday night, August 15. Uncertainty caused by the Covid-19 pandemic forced the cancellation of two of Northfield's earlier stakes events in 2020, the Battle of Lake Erie and the Cleveland Trotting Classic. "All of us at MGM Northfield Park are pleased that the Carl Milstein Memorial is a go on August 15," said Dave Bianconi, Northfield's Director of Racing Operations. "I have been in contact with the connections of many top three-year-olds across North America to assemble a great field for our top night of racing this year." The undercard for the Milstein will include the $50,000 Myron Charna President's Pace, an Invitational for top Ohio-sired veteran pacers. Ohio Sires Stakes legs for both three-year-old filly pacers and three-year-old colt trotters will also be contested. Post time for Milstein night at Northfield is 6:00 (Eastern) on Saturday night, August 15. by Ayers Ratliff, for MGM Northfield Park  

Kent Sherman harnessed the 2,000th winner of his training career on Wednesday (July 15) at MGM Northfield Park, when Stanley K held off all challengers to win the evening's 11th race in 1:53.2.   Sherman began training in 1991. In addition to his 2,000 victories, he has earned purses approaching $15 million. by Ayers Ratliff, for MGM Northfield Park

Northfield, OH - MGM Northfield Park has cancelled live harness racing and full-card simulcasting for Monday (June 22), due to a power outage. Racing is scheduled to resume on Tuesday (June 23) at 6 p.m. By Ayers Ratliff, for MGM Northfield Park

MGM Northfield Park is pleased to announce the official reopening of wagering on live and simulcast harness racing on Friday, June 19 at 11:30am. The action kicks off with Gulfstream Park at noon, followed by a full slate of the best thoroughbred and harness action from around the globe, and the opportunity to advance wager on Saturday's Belmont Stakes. Then on Saturday doors will open at 11am for Belmont Stakes Day. The 152 running of the $1,500,000 Belmont Stakes is scheduled for approximately 5:42pm. At 6 pm it's post time at the Flying Turns with 15-races on the card. While MGM Northfield Park was closed, time was well spent -- planning and implementing extensive health and safety measures. Upon entering the racetrack guests will notice changes throughout the facility to promote physical distancing to ensure safety and well-being of our guests and team. Protocols have been implemented in both buildings following the guidance from the local health department and elected officials. Live racing continues next week with racing on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday evenings and full card simulcasting takes place daily from 11:30am until around midnight. Ayers Ratliff

MGM Northfield Park is announcing the addition of a $20,000 Pick 5 total pool guarantee to its harness racing card on Tuesday (June 16). Beginning in the second race, the Pick 5 guaranteed total pool includes a carryover of $5,749. This wager is being offered as part of the Strategic Wagering Program through the United States Trotting Association. Northfield's Pick-5, Pick-4s, Pick-3s and 20¢ Super High Five offer a reduced takeout rate of just 14%. Tuesday's post time is 6 PM.   Ayers Ratliff

MGM Northfield Park is announcing the addition of a $25,000 20¢ Super High Five total pool guarantee to its harness racing card on Monday (June 15). Offered in race 13, the $25,000 Super High Five guaranteed total pool includes a carryover of $6,221. This wager is being offered as part of the Strategic Wagering Program through the United States Trotting Association. Northfield's Pick-5, Pick-4s, Pick-3s and 20¢ Super High Five offer a reduced takeout rate of just 14%. Monday's post time is 6 PM. Ayers Ratliff

MGM Northfield Park is announcing the addition of a $40,000 20¢ Super High Five total pool guarantee to its harness racing card on Tuesday (June 9). Offered in race 13, the $40,000 Super High Five guaranteed total pool includes a carryover of $10,807. This wager is being offered as part of the Strategic Wagering Program through the United States Trotting Association. Northfield's Pick-5, Pick-4s, Pick-3s and 20¢ Super High Five offer a reduced takeout rate of just 14%. Tuesday's post time is 6 PM. Ayers Ratliff

MGM Northfield Park has announced the addition of a harness racing$20,000 Pick-5 total pool guarantee on Monday (June 8). Beginning in race two, the $20,000 Pick-5 guaranteed total pool includes a carryover of $5,022. This wager is being offered as part of the Strategic Wagering Program through the United States Trotting Association. Northfield's Pick-5, Pick-4s, Pick-3s and 20¢ Super High Five offer a reduced takeout rate of just 14%. Monday's post time is 6 PM. Ayers Ratliff

Northfield Park offers a mandatory payout of the 20¢ Northfield Single 6 wager on Wednesday's harness racing program (June 3). Normally the Single 6 Jackpot can be won only by the holder of a unique winning combination that selects the winners of races 9 through 14, but the mandatory payout provision on June 3 will award all winning tickets with an equal share of the Single 6 pool. Beginning in the ninth race, the 20¢ Northfield Single Six features a $20,000 total pool guarantee (including the $7,096 carryover). This wager is being offered as part of the Strategic Wagering Program through the United States Trotting Association. Northfield's Pick-5, Pick-4s, Pick-3s, 20¢ Super High Five and 20¢ Northfield Single Six offer a reduced takeout rate of just 14%. The 20¢ Northfield Single 6 will be discontinued after the Wednesday (June 3) card. A conventional (non-Jackpot) Pick-6 wager will take its place on Northfield's wagering menu in the coming weeks. Wednesday's post time is 6 PM. Ayers Ratliff

MGM Northfield Park announced the addition of a $20,000 Pick-5 total pool guarantee on Monday (June 1) harness racing program. Beginning in race two, the $20,000 Pick-5 guaranteed total pool includes a carryover of $4,598. This wager is being offered as part of the Strategic Wagering Program through the United States Trotting Association. Northfield's Pick-5, Pick-4s, Pick-3s, 20¢ Super High Five and 20¢ Northfield Single Six offer a reduced takeout rate of just 14%. Northfield has also announced the scheduling of a mandatory payout of the 20¢ Northfield Single 6 on Wednesday (June 3). The wager was paid a lone ticket on Saturday (May 30) with a healthy $31,719.22 payoff. Normally the Single 6 Jackpot can be won only by the holder of a unique winning combination that selects the winners of races 9 through 14, but the mandatory payout provision on June 3 will award all winning tickets with an equal share of the Single 6 pool, including all money in the carryover. The 20¢ Northfield Single 6 will continue to be offered every racing night through the mandatory payout on June 3. The wager will be discontinued after the June 3 card. A conventional (non-Jackpot) Pick-6 wager will take its place on Northfield's wagering menu in the coming weeks. Monday's post time is 6 PM. Ayers Ratlif  

Northfield Park will have a mandatory payout of the 20¢ Northfield Single 6 wager as the highlight of the harness racing program on Wednesday (June 3). Normally the Single 6 Jackpot can be won only by the holder of a unique winning combination that selects the winners of races 9 through 14, but the mandatory payout provision on June 3 will award all winning tickets with an equal share of the Single 6 pool, including all money in the carryover, which currently stands at over $20,000. The 20¢ Northfield Single 6 will continue to be offered every racing night through the mandatory payout on June 3. The wager will be discontinued after the June 3 card. A conventional (non-Jackpot) pick 6 wager will take its place on Northfield's wagering menu in the coming weeks. Northfield's live racing schedule in June will remain Mondays, Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday nights, post time 6:00 (Eastern).   Ayers Ratliff

Northfield, OH — Free past performances, multiple guaranteed pools, full fields and million-dollar earners highlight a strong program of harness racing as MGM Northfield Park re-opens (without spectators) on Tuesday (May 26) with post time at 6 p.m. Prior to this break, Northfield had not been off for more than a week since the 1990s. The wagering menu on the 15-race card is highlighted by a $40,000 guaranteed pool in the 13th race (20-cent Super High Five), which includes a carryover pool of $8,134, left over from when no one selected the top five finishers in correct order when Northfield last raced on March 18. The Super High Five also has a low 14 percent takeout rate, as do all of Northfield’s Pick-3, Pick-4, Pick-5 and the Jackpot Single 6 wagers. The early and late Pick-4 wagers will also carry their normal $10,000 guarantees as a part of the USTA Strategic Wagering Program. Top class horses will be in action on the track as Open Handicaps for both pacers and trotters headline the card. Southwind Amazon, winner of 92 career races and more than $1 million in purses, will not only face stout competition in the Open Pace from regular rivals Bully Pulpit and Carolina Beach, but a pair of invaders from Yonkers Raceway, Luis Alberto N and $991,927 lifetime earner Atta Boy Dan. Real Peace, Barley Up, The Wayfaring Man and Just Toyin With Ya will also be heard from in the full field of nine (race 10 on the card). Wind Of The North, a career earner of more than $1.1 million, will battle eight rivals in the co-featured Open Handicap Trot (race 12). Perlucky, winner of two straight before racing was halted, is assigned the outside post in the evenly matched group. While no spectators will be in attendance, Northfield’s full card can be watched live on northfieldpark.com (as it can be every live race night) and wagered on through all major ADW’s world-wide. Northfield will also race on Wednesday (May 27); Friday (May 29); and Saturday (May 30) to round out the month of May. Free past performances for all four of Northfield’s cards this week will be available at northfieldpark.com. For all of the latest news on the resumption of racing, visit the USTA COVID-19 Resource Center. by Ayers Ratliff, for Northfield Park

Northfield, OH — Free past performances, multiple guaranteed pools, full fields and million-dollar earners highlight a strong program of harness racing as MGM Northfield Park re-opens (without spectators) on Tuesday (May 26) with post time at 6 p.m. The wagering menu on the 15-race card is highlighted by a $40,000 guaranteed pool in the 13th race (20-cent Super High Five), which includes a carryover pool of $8,134, left over from when no one selected the top five finishers in correct order when Northfield last raced on March 18. The Super High Five also has a low 14 percent takeout rate, as do all of Northfield’s Pick-3, Pick-4, Pick-5 and the Jackpot Single 6 wagers. The early and late Pick-4 wagers will also carry their normal $10,000 guarantees as a part of the USTA Strategic Wagering Program. Top class horses will be in action on the track as Open Handicaps for both pacers and trotters headline the card. Southwind Amazon, winner of 92 career races and more than $1 million in purses, will not only face stout competition in the Open Pace from regular rivals Bully Pulpit and Carolina Beach, but a pair of invaders from Yonkers Raceway, Luis Alberto N and $991,927 lifetime earner Atta Boy Dan. Real Peace, Barley Up, The Wayfaring Man and Just Toyin With Ya will also be heard from in the full field of nine (race 10 on the card). Wind Of The North, a career earner of more than $1.1 million, will battle eight rivals in the co-featured Open Handicap Trot (race 12). Perlucky, winner of two straight before racing was halted, is assigned the outside post in the evenly matched group. While no spectators will be in attendance, Northfield’s full card can be watched live on northfieldpark.com (as it can be every live race night) and wagered on through all major ADW’s world-wide. Northfield will also race on Wednesday (May 27); Friday (May 29); and Saturday (May 30) to round out the month of May. Free past performances for all four of Northfield’s cards next week will be available at northfieldpark.com. For all of the latest news on the resumption of racing, visit the USTA COVID-19 Resource Center. by Ayers Ratliff, for Northfield Park

MGM Northfield Park WILL race it's live card on Saturday (March 14) as scheduled, 6PM post time.   However, no fans will be permitted in the race track. Only essential personnel needed to race (trainers, drivers and grooms with horses in-to-go tonight) will be permitted on the backstretch. MGM Northfield Park's races can be watched live at www.northfieldpark.com and on all major ADW platforms. by Ayers Ratliff, for MGM Northfield Park

Ryan Stahl scored the 5,000th win of his harness racing driving career aboard Crowntime Pet in MGM Northfield Park's opening race on Tuesday (March 3) despite being parked the entire mile. Crowntime Pet posted a ½-length advantage over his closest rival in 1:56.2. That margin was sufficient to return $51.20 to win.   Stahl's richest win came in a $250,000 Ohio Sire Stakes Final with Mission Accepted. It was the largest of the seven Sire Stakes Champions Stahl has driven. The native of Republic, Ohio rates the best horse he has ever driven as being Hypnotic Blue Chip, in the 2011 Battle of Lake Erie. The 41-year-old Stahl won his first race in 1994 aboard a trotting filly named Lojos Sharp Baby, at the Oak Harbor (Ohio) Fairgrounds. Ryan Stahl currently holds the track record over the Flying Turns for freshman trotting geldings with Yes in 1:53.1. Stahl started driving at the age of 14 and appreciates the success he has had so far; accomplishing the 5,000-win milestone and having driven the winners of over $24 million. Ryan's career was heavily shaped by his father Lee. "It is only fitting that I won this milestone on what would be Dad's birthday," said Stahl. Ryan Stahl also credits Gerald Bookmyer, who was recently inducted into the Ohio Harness Racing Hall of Fame, as being a big influence and a great friend throughout his career. "There are so many people to thank for the success I have had," explained Stahl. "My Mom, my wife, Kent Sherman and many, many other trainers." Stahl has been married for almost five years to Nichole. The couple has two children, a son Owen, and daughter Sonny. The Stahl family resides on an 80-acre farm in Seneca County, Ohio. by Ayers Ratliff, for MGM Northfield Park

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