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None Bettor A ($6.60), A harness racing newcomer from Down Under continues to take the U.S. by storm, winning the $200,000 Battle of Lake Erie in 1:49. The 1:49 clocking tied the all-age track record at Northfield Park. Saturday's victory marks the sixth straight sub-1:50 victory for the six year-old Bettor's Delight gelding. Bettor's Delight had a great racing career in North America and is the dominant sire in Australia. Joe Bongiorno drove None Bettor A for his sister Jennifer Bongiorno, who trains the pacer for co-owners and long-time Billings Amateur Drivers, Joe P Racing LLC (Joe Pennachio) of Florida and Steve Oldford of Michigan. None Bettor A started from post six and fired to the lead from the gate and remained in control the entire mile through fractions of :26.4, :55, 1:22 and 1:49, besting his closest rival by 1¼-lengths. "He (None Bettor A) feels good and does everything on his own," explained Joe Bongiorno. "He puts his head down and really has fun out there." None Bettor A (Bettor's Delight-Limerick Star-Christian Cullen) increased his career bankroll to $229,245 by taking home the lion's share of the healthy $200,000 purse. Completing the 2019 Battle field were Jimmy Freight. Southwind Amazon, The Wall, Filibuster Hanover, Bully Pulpit, Rodeo Rock and Always A Prince. Fans looking to follow the Aussie Phenom need to keep their ears open. "I'm not sure where we go from here. He is not staked at all," stated Joe Bongiorno. "Hopefully he continues to get invited to races like this one, and I'm not even sure how many of these Invites there are." Until they figure out their next move Joe will be happy with Saturday's Battle win. "We work very hard and this horse is giving us a shot that I feel we deserve," said Bongiorno. "This is going to be a special horse." Ayers Ratliff

Both of Northfield Park’s local pacing stars have accepted their harness racing invitations to Saturday’s $200,000 Battle of Lake Erie.   Dave Bianconi, the track’s Executive Vice President of Racing and Simulcasting, has assigned Bully Pulpit and Southwind Amazon 12-1 and 15-1 morning-line odds.  His customary assignments to them are outside posts in Northfield’s weekly Open Pace. “It is unusual to have two local horses in the Battle, but both of these appear to have the ability to compete on the big stage, explained Bianconi.  “This year’s race is totally wide open.  The local horses just add two more pieces to a very interesting puzzle.” Bully Pulpit is conditioned by Northfield Park leading trainer Brian Loney and owner Brad Schwartz of Chicago, a Cleveland native.  Saturday will mark the first time Loney will harness one of his trainees for a Grand Circuit event, but he feels good about his chances. “The way I see his (Bully Pulpit’s) competition is that I’m not in against them, they are in against me,” said Loney. Bully Pulpit goes to post off a three-race win streak in Northfield’s Open Pace, one of those wins being a 1:49.4 victory from post-8.  That 1:49.4 effort is the fastest clocking on any half-mile track in North America this year.  North America’s leading driver, Aaron Merriman, will guide the six-year-old from the two-hole. Southwind Amazon drew post-5 for trainer Paul Holzman.  The nine-year-old is trained at Sahbra Farms about 15 miles from Northfield, and was North America’s winningest horse in 2018 with 22 victories from 38 races, usually from an assigned outside post.  His regular pilot, Ronnie Wrenn, Jr., will drive. “This is a quality field of horses and I wish a had a little better draw than the five-hole,” stated Holzman.  “My horse is very sharp right now and with some racing luck anything can happen.  If Southwind Amazon wins, I don’t know if I would be surprised, but I would sure be ecstatic.” The two local stars will face a stiff onslaught from invaders.  Rodeo Rock drew the rail and has been named the 3-1 slight morning-line favorite.  He was the runner-up in this year’s $664,000 Levy Final at Yonkers Raceway in April and enters this race off another runner-up finish in a $100,000 Invitational at Harrah’s Philadelphia.  The Robert Cleary trainee has four wins in nine races this year and seasonal earnings of $289,400.  Eric Goodell has been listed to drive.  Rodeo Rock has never raced at Northfield, but is owned locally by Royal Wire Products of North Royalton.    Indiana sired superstar Always A Prince enters this event with 20 victories in 26 lifetime starts.  The four-year-old won 19 of 22 races last year and has not missed the board so far in four starts this season.  He has been given a 7-2 morning line.  Always A Prince has a career bankroll of $515,855 and sports a 1:48.1 (HoP 7/8) lifetime mark, the fastest in this year’s field.  Trainer Tyler George brings Trace Tetrick to drive.     Ontario-based speedster Jimmy Freight drew post-7 and is the 4-1 third choice.  He was second in last year’s $400,000 Carl Milstein Memorial in his only other race at Northfield.  Jimmy Freight has finished in the top three in 35 of 37 career races, taking a 1:48.3 (Wbsb 7/8) lifetime mark and earning $950,448.  Trainer Andrew Harris tabs Yonkers standout Jason Bartlett to drive.      The 2019 $200,000 Battle of Lake Erie field – Race 12 – 10:15PM approx. post time:   Post     Horse                          Driver                         Trainer                       Morning Line Odds 1          Rodeo Rock                Eric Goodell               Robert Cleary              3-1  2          Bully Pulpit                 Aaron Merriman          Brian Loney                12-1 3          The Wall                     Brett Miller                  Nick Surick                 9-2 4          Always A Prince         Trace Tetrick               Tyler George               7-2 5          Southwind Amazon    Ronnie Wrenn Jr         Paul Holzman             15-1 6          None Bettor A            Joe Bongiorno             Jennifer Bongiorno     6-1 7          Jimmy Freight             Jason Bartlett              Andrew Harris            4-1 8          Filibuster Hanover      Chris Page                   Ron Burke                   10-1   A $10,000 guaranteed Pick 4 has been added to the eleventh race.  The Battle feature will be the second leg of this wager, which offers a low 14% takeout rate.  Since its inception in 1986, the Battle of Lake Erie has drawn the sport’s best veteran pacers. Past Battle champions include racing greats Falcon Seelster, Quite A Sensation, Jaguar Spur, Dorunrun Bluegrass, Cambest, Gallo Blue Chip, Maltese Artist and Foiled Again. In addition to superior racing action, Battle night will also offer guests a buffet in Lady Luck’s clubhouse dining room from 5:30 – 8:30 PM. The buffet is $19.95. Reservations are preferred and can be made by calling 330.467.4101. Guests who want to be down close to all the racing action can stop by the grandstand apron to visit Barrio, Pasta Tivo, Smash Time, Super Hero food trucks and Crooked Kettle Popcorn.  Live music by Unknown Reason will be part of the apron scene from 6 – 9 PM.  Battle night attendees can win cash, gift cards and more through prize drawings until 8 PM and play Pop-A-Shot from 8 – 9 PM.  First race post time is 6 PM.  Admission and parking are always FREE!   Ayers Ratliff

Northfield Park is announcing the addition of a $12,500 Pick-3 and $40,000 Pick-4 total pool guarantee to it’s card on Wednesday (May 29) Beginning in Race 5, the $12,500 Pick-3 guaranteed total pool, includes a carryover of $3,129.06. The Pick-4, beginning in Race 7, will feature a $40,000 Pick-4 guaranteed total pool, which includes a carryover $12,734.19. Northfield’s Pick-5, Pick-4’s, Pick-3’s, and Super High-5 offer a reduced takeout of just 14 percent. The Northfield Single Six went without a single winner on Tuesday (May 28) night, it will have a carryover of $9,272.84.  The wager begins in Race 9. Wednesday’s post time is 6:00 p.m.   by Ayers Ratliff for Northfield Park

Northfield Park is announcing the addition of a $10,000 Pick-5 total pool guarantee on Tuesday (May 28). Beginning in race two, the $10,000 Pick-5 guaranteed total pool includes a carryover of $3,229. 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 percent. Tuesday's post time is 6 p.m.   Ayers Ratliff

Northfield Park's Pick 5 offers an exciting $80,000 total pool guarantee on Wednesday (May 22). Beginning in race two, the $80,000 Pick-5 guaranteed total pool includes a large $23,617 carryover. This wager is being offered as part of the Strategic Wagering Program through the United States Trotting Association. The 20¢ Northfield Single Six begins in the ninth race with a $2,908 carryover. 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 percent. Wednesday's post time is 6 PM.   Ayers Ratliff

Northfield Park is the place to be this Saturday (May 18) for this year’s running of the Preakness Stakes live from Pimlico Racecourse.    Doors open early at 9:30 AM and first post at Pimlico is set for 10:30 AM.  Early bird wagering on the Preakness will be available Saturday morning, along with simulcasting action both day and night from over 40 tracks across the U.S., Canada and Australia.   There is still time to reserve your private seating carrel and television for your viewing pleasure. Carrel seats are currently on sale at the grandstand center program stand. If you arrive early on Preakness Day, join us for a special morning snack of a donut and coffee.  The $1.00 special begins at 9:30 AM and will be served while supplies last.    Be sure to join Bob “Railbird” Roberts and our track announcer Ayers Ratliff for a FREE Pimlico handicapping seminar which begins at 11:00 AM.     There is a FREE $2,000 Pimlico Handicapping Contest beginning with race four with a top prize of $1,000 cash!  Northfield Park will also offer prize drawings throughout the day.  Just fill out the entry blank you receive when upon entering and deposit it in the contest bin located in the center of the grandstand.    Winners will be drawn randomly throughout the day.  Thousands of dollars in cash and prizes will be given away including a grand prize of $2,500 cash!      Visit Northeast Ohio’s finest food trucks outside on the trackside apron to satisfy your hunger.  The trucks 216 Bistro, Barrio, Crooked Kettle Popcorn, Smash Time, Super Hero Food Truck and The Bus Stop will be on-site from 2 - 7 PM offering delicious gourmet food items while you listen to live music by The Benjaminz (3 – 5 PM) and Unknown Reason (6 - 10 PM).   After the Preakness, stick around for a night of live racing with a first race post time of 6 PM while enjoying the great view and buffet from our Lady Luck’s Clubhouse Restaurant.  The buffet price is $19.95. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 330-467-4101.   Free admission and FREE parking every day at Northfield Park.     Ayers Ratliff

Northfield Park is announcing the addition of a $35,000 Pick-4 total pool guarantee on Saturday (May 18). Beginning in race seven, the $35,000 Pick-4 guaranteed total pool includes a carryover of $11,796. This wager is being offered as part of the Strategic Wagering Program through the United States Trotting Association. The evening's ninth race begins the 20¢ Northfield Single Six which offers a $2,825 carryover. 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 percent. Saturday's post time is 6 p.m.   Ayers Ratliff

Northfield Park is announcing the addition of a $75,000 Pick-5 total pool guarantee on the harness racing card on Wednesday (May 15). Beginning in race two, the $75,000 Pick-5 guaranteed total pool includes a carryover of $23,096.  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 percent. Wednesday’s post time is 6 p.m. Ayers Ratliff

Leading Driver Aaron Merriman posted another big night at Northfield Park on Saturday (May 11) winning ten times on the 16-race program.   Merriman's monster night tied the Northfield harness racing record for the most wins on a single card. That record was set in 1999 by Walter Case Jr.   Aaron's triumphs were with The Lion Sleeps ($3.60) in race five, St Lads Maggie Mae ($3.60) in race six, Heythere Lisamarie ($2.10) in race seven, Designed To See ($8.60) in race eight, Nutmegs Yankee ($3.60) in race 10, It's Gest Me ($4.20) in race 11, Godiva Seelster ($7.00) in race 12, Red ($16.40) in race 13, Mayabelle ($3.40) in race 15 and Cookies Empire ($6.20) in race 16. Merriman was the leading driver in North America in 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and is leading by more than 50 wins so far this year. Aaron has been driving since 1997 and has piloted 11,294 career wins and is approaching $75 million in purse earnings. Success over the Flying Turns is nothing new to Merriman. He has more wins than any other driver in Northfield Park's history.   Ayers Ratliff

Harness racing driver Aaron Merriman had a monster night on Saturday (May 4) at Northfield Park by posting eight wins on the 16-race program. Merriman's triumphs were with Island Of Rock ($3.40) in race two, Mildred's Button ($14.80) in race three, Sweet To See ($3.40) in race five, Touchamatic ($2.40) in race nine, Love Forbidden ($2.40) in race 10, Wendy's Girl ($4.40) in race 13, The Lion Sleeps ($3.80) in race 14 and My Caroline ($2.60) in race 15. Merriman was the leading driver in North America in 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and is leading by over 50 wins so far this year. Merriman has been driving since 1997 and has since posted 11,266 career wins and is approaching $75 million in purse earnings. Success over the Flying Turns is nothing new to Merriman. He has more wins than any other driver in Northfield's history. The 20¢ Northfield Single Six (a unique combination Pick-6) has accumulated a $20,232 carryover into Monday’s (May 6) program.  The Single Six offers a low 14 percent takeout rate and is offered nightly in race nine. The 20¢ wager is designed to offer handicappers large jackpots by carrying over 50 percent of its nightly pool until it is solved by a unique single ticket. Ayers Ratliff

Northfield Park is northeast Ohio's place to be for this year's Triple Crown action. First up is the 145th Run for the Roses this Saturday May 4. Doors open early at 9:30 a.m. with first post at Churchill Downs at 10:30 a.m. Advance wagering on the Derby will be available Friday May 3 and early bird wagering will be available Saturday morning, plus we will be simulcasting from 40-plus tracks from all over the world. For those early guests, join Bob "Railbird" Roberts and track announcer Ayers Ratliff for a FREE Churchill Downs handicapping seminar, which begins at 11 a.m. outside on the apron. The excitement continues all afternoon for a chance to win big just for being here. All guests will receive a contest entry blank when entering Northfield Park. Names will be drawn randomly throughout the day for a chance to spin our prize wheel. Every spin is a winner and you could win great prizes like, $100 Kentucky Derby win wagers, concert tickets at MGM Northfield Park's Center Stage, cash prizes, dining gift cards, sporting tickets and more. Five lucky guests will spin the cash wheel for a chance at $500, $1,000 or the grand prize of $2,500 in cash. Be sure to enter our Kentucky Derby hat contest, sponsored by WQAL, WDOK, WNCX and Seagram's from 12-4 p.m. WDOK's Tim Richards, Slats from WNCX and Kelly McMann from WQAL will be on-site to judge the contest and the best hat wins $500 CASH! Plus, don't miss out on a Kentucky Derby favorite -- the mint julep -- which will be available in a commemorative Kentucky derby glass all day Saturday. Northfield Park will host its annual Kentucky Derby Food Truck Festival on the track apron. Nine of Northeast Ohio's top food trucks will be selling their specialties from 12-7 p.m. Food truck participants include 216 Bistro, Barrio, The Bus Stop, Fire Truck Pizza Company, Pasta Tivo, The Slop Truck, Slyman's Food Truck Super Hero Food Truck and Crooked Kettle Popcorn Co. Plus, enjoy live music by The Michelle Romary Band (1-3 p.m.); Monica Robins & The Ninja Cowboys (4-6 p.m.); and Unknown Reason (7-10 p.m.) on the apron. Lady Luck's Clubhouse opens this Saturday, offering a buffet for $19.95 per person. Reservations are required so please call 330-467-4101. The buffet will be served from 5:30-8:30 pm and seating begins at 3:30 pm for those guests wishing to watch and wager on the Churchill downs card. Northfield Park will offer 16 action packed races featuring the $16,000 Fillies and Mares Open. First race post time is scheduled for 6 p.m.   Ayers Ratliff

Northfield Park is announcing the addition of a $10,000 Pick 3 total pool guarantee to its Tuesday (April 30) harness racing program. Beginning in race five, the $10,000 Pick 3 guaranteed total pool includes a carryover of $2,826. This wager is being offered as part of the Strategic Wagering Program through the United States Trotting Association. The evening's ninth race begins the 20¢ Northfield Single Six which boasts a $9,661 carryover. Northfield's Pick 3's, Pick 4's, Pick 5, 20¢ Super High Five and 20¢ Northfield Single Six offer a reduced takeout rate of just 14 percent. Tuesday's post time is 6 p.m. Ayers Ratlif

Northfield Park is announcing the addition of a $30,000 20¢ Super High Five total pool guarantee to its harness racing card on Monday (April 22). Offered in race 13, the $30,000 Super High Five guaranteed total pool includes a carryover of $7,202. The Super High-5 is guaranteed as part of the United States Trotting Association's Strategic Wagering Program. 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%. Monday's post time is 6 p.m. By Ayers Ratliff, for Northfield Park

One lucky Northfield Park bettor in Canada solved the 20-cent Northfield Single Six with a single combination for a whopping $144,777.18 (Canadian) on Monday (April 15). The wager premiered on Oct. 13 and has become popular with punters chasing big scores. The unique combination Pick-6 offers a low 14 percent takeout rate and starts nightly in race nine. The 20-cent wager carries over 50 percent of its nightly pool until it is solved by a single combination. The 20-cent wager is doing exactly what it was designed to do -- offer handicappers large jackpots.   Ayers Ratliff

Northfield Park is announcing the addition of a $20,000 Super Hi-5 total pool guarantee to its harness racing card on Monday (March 25). The thirteenth race features the $20,000 20¢ Super Hi-5 guaranteed total pool, which includes a carryover of $6,780.58. Northfield's Pick 5, Pick 4's, Pick 3's and 20¢ Super High Five offer a reduced takeout rate of just 14 percent. The evening's ninth race starts the 20¢ Northfield Single Six, which offers a $17,941.16 carryover. Monday's post time is 6:00 p.m. Ayers Ratliff

Northfield Park has announced the dates of four Iron Maiden Late Closing Series. These series offer increased racing opportunities for younger horses to start their seasons. All of the late closers carry a condition of non-winners of one pari-mutuel race (Ohio breds n/w two) or non-winners of $7,500 lifetime (through 3/23/19). The series are divided into filly and mare pacers, colt and gelding pacers, filly and mare trotters, and colt and gelding trotters. However, the trotters will be combined if at least 12 horses do not pay into each event. A one-time $200 payment will be required of each entrant to be eligible. Payments are due by March 30. Each series consists of four $7,000 legs and a $20,000 final. Conditions for the series can be found at www.northfieldpark.com. Ayers Ratliff

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