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Aaron Merriman had a big night at MGM Northfield Park on Wednesday (January 13) winning seven times on the 15-race program. Aaron's harness racing triumphs were with Taco Tuesday ($3.20) in race three, Difference Maker ($5.80) in race four, Rooney Blue Chip ($3.20) in race seven, Down On My Luck ($7.20) in race eight, Sir Pugsley ($3.20) in race 13, Catch Me Conrad ($2.80) in race 14 and Arthur Pendragon ($5.20) in race 15. Merriman won his first race in 1998, a $2,200 conditioned event at the former Raceway Park in Toledo, Ohio, aboard Albert's Filly. Since breaking his maiden, Aaron has scored almost 13,000 more times with purse earnings over $86.5 million. MGM Northfield Park has announced a $20,000 guaranteed Pick 5 total pool for Saturday’s (January 16) race card.  Beginning in Race 6, the $20,000 guarantee includes a carryover of $4,495. The guarantee is being offered at part of the Strategic Wagering Program through the United States Trotting Association.  The evening’s eighth race starts the 50¢ (non-jackpot) Pick 6 offering a $7,082 carryover. Northfield’s Pick 3s, Pick 4s, Pick 5, Pick 6 and 20¢ Super High Five offer a reduced take-out rate of just 14%.  Saturday’s post time is 4:20 PM.   Ayers Ratliff

MGM Northfield Park has announced a $25,000 guaranteed Pick 5 total pool for Tuesday's (January 12) race card. Beginning in Race 6, the $25,000 guarantee includes a carryover of $4,140. The guarantee is being offered at part of the Strategic Wagering Program through the United States Trotting Association. The evening's eighth race starts the 50¢ (non-jackpot) Pick 6 offering a $2,045 carryover. Northfield's Pick 3s, Pick 4s, Pick 5, Pick 6 and 20¢ Super High Five offer a reduced take-out rate of just 14%. Tuesday's post time is 4:20 PM.   Ayers Ratliff

Northfield, OH - Aaron Merriman and Billy Rhoades concluded the 2020 MGM Northfield Park harness racing season with victories in the driving and training titles respectively. Merriman carved out 519 victories, while his nearest competitor, Ronnie Wrenn Jr, drove 452 winners, followed by Kurt Sugg (308), Chris Lems (235), and Ryan Stahl (230) to complete the top five. Merriman a resident of Northfield, also who his sixth national dash championship leading all drivers in wins throughout the U.S. Merriman has been on a tear the previous four seasons, with 1,000 wins or more in his previous three seasons prior to 2020. COVID-19 limited Merriman from reaching that milestone again, but he still managed to score 725 wins with over $5.9 million in earnings. Merriman, who began driving in 1997 has won 12,692 races and earned just over $86 million in purse earnings. "Northfield is home to me, I'm beyond happy and privileged to drive for the horseman here," said Merriman. Rhoades won his first ever training title in 2020 with 181 victories in 708 starts with just over $1.1 million in earnings. Brian Loney (154), Sam Schillaci (141), Ron Burke (138), and Jessica Roegner (86) completed the top five in conditioner standings. Rhoades, who celebrated his birthday on Saturday (Jan.2 ), finished third among conditioners in North America in wins (213) behind Ron Burke and Richard Moreau. Looking back on his first training title Rhoades commented, "It's a great feeling, I hope it's not the last." Merriman and Rhoades teamed up for many victories together throughout the 2020 season. "Northfield is my favorite place to race," said Rhoades. "I love being able to race there with my favorite driver (Merriman)." Rhoades began his training career in 2004 and has 635 victories in just over 2,600 starts with over $4 million in earnings. "It's a good feeling to do something you love as a job and to be able to provide for my family," said Rhoades. Ayers Ratliff

MGM Northfield Park has announced a $35,000 guaranteed Pick 4 total pool for Monday's (December 20) race card. Beginning in Race 7, the $35,000 guarantee includes a carryover of $8904. The guarantee is being offered at part of the Strategic Wagering Program through the United States Trotting Association. Northfield's Pick 3s, Pick 4s, Pick 5s and 20¢ Super High Five offer a reduced take-out rate of just 14%. Monday's post time is 4:20 PM.   Ayers Ratliff

Fourteen-year-old Terror Of Thetrack posted his 40th career harness racing win in his 499th start in the sixth race on Wednesday at MGM Northfield Park.  He went to post as the longest shot on the board at 44-1.  The classy veteran, who faces mandatory retirement on January 1, 2021, was the victor of the fifth leg of the evening’s Pick 5 where one lucky bettor cashed for a whopping $29,677.00.  The payoff was astronomical because the other four winners in the sequence carried odds of 4-5, 7-5, 4-5 and 7-2.   Terror Of The Track started from post three and let his competition carve out fractions of :27.1, :56.1 and 1:26.  He then looped from the back and scored by a head in 1:57.1 Keith Kash Jr trains and drives the pacer for his wife Melinda.  Keith and Melinda have raced Terror Of Thetrack for nearly a decade.  Terror Of Thetrack has not only been an active member of the Kash’s racing stock, but has also become a family pet.    “I have to admit, this win is pretty emotional for me,” admitted Keith Kash Jr.  “We have had this horse a long time.  I don’t just race horses, I truly love the animals.” Wednesday’s score increased Terror Of Thetrack’s career bankroll to $198,164.  The son of Western Terror is in-to-go in Northfield’s 15th race on Monday (December 21) from post-three.  Monday’s race will be Terror Of Thetrack’s 500th and final career race. After Monday’s race Terror Of Thetrack hopes to join the Summit County (Ohio) Mounted Sheriff Department to begin his next career.   Ayers Ratliff

MGM Northfield Park has announced the addition of a $20,000 Pick-5 total pool guarantee for Wednesday (December 16). Beginning in race two, the $20,000 Pick-5 guaranteed total pool includes a carryover of $3,947. 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%. Wednesday’s post time is 4:20PM.     Ayers Ratliff​  

MGM Northfield Park has announced the addition of a $12,500 Pick-5 total pool guarantee for Saturday (December 12). Beginning in race two, the $12,500 Pick-5 guaranteed total pool includes a carryover of $3,191. 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%. Saturday's post time is 4:20PM.   Ayers Ratliff  

Ronnie Wrenn Jr. made his 6,000th trip to the harness racing winner’s circle after scoring with Naughty Maravu N in MGM Northfield Park’s seventh race on Monday (December 7). Naughty Maravu N won by a half-length over favored Mysical Wally (Aaron Merriman), returning $5.00 to win.  The 1:54 clocking was the 27th career win for the 10-year-old gelded pacer, who now has $231,025 in earnings. The 34-year-old Wrenn began driving in 2008.  His 6,000 wins have helped him garner more than $40.5 million in purse earnings.   Wrenn earned his first win behind Artful Power in a $1,400 Billings race at a Michigan fair in 2008.  His break-out year was 2012 and he has never looked back.  Wrenn is consistently among the top drivers in the country.  He won the 2013 and 2014 national dash driving titles, finished third in 2015 and 2016, fifth in 2017, second in 2018, fourth in 2019 and is currently fourth in the nation in 2020. Wrenn waited little time starting on his next milestone, scoring with Livin Lovin Prayin just two races later. Naughty Maravu N winning by a half-length   Ayers Ratliff

MGM Northfield Park has announced the addition of a $20,000 harness racing Pick-5 total pool guarantee for Sunday (December 6). Beginning in race two, the $20,000 Pick-5 guaranteed total pool includes a carryover of $4,680. 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%. Sunday's post time is 4:20 PM. Ayers Ratliff

Robin Banks scored in the $18,000 Autumn Leaves Series Final on Wednesday (November 18) at MGM Northfield Park. Brad Ater of Williamsport, Ohio owns the sophomore filly trotter. Kurt Sugg was aboard for the winning drive for trainer Edward Miller. Robin Banks (Break The Bank K-Arelia-Donato Hanover) started from post-6. Sugg fired her off the gate and she led her competition through fractions of :28.3, :58.2, 1:27.1 and 1:56.1. There was never really an anxious moment for the winner, who bested her competition by a 1 1/4 lengths.   Completing the race were Tootie (Jason Thompson), Electric Ridge (Aaron Merriman), Evanna, Jkchrome, Evita, Luvcrunchess, Pete's Sake and Flaming Andie. Robin Banks now has five wins in 18 starts this year. Wednesday's victory represents her seventh career score and bolstered her bankroll to $95,889. She was the race favorite and returned $3.60 to win. by Ayers Ratliff, for MGM Northfield Park  

MGM Northfield Park has announced a temporary change in post time to 4:20 PM for their live racing programs beginning Saturday, November 21st. These programs are conducted every Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday. Simulcasting continues daily from 12PM to 9:45PM. The change in post time is needed to accommodate the state of Ohio's Department of Health's recent order of a 21-day statewide curfew that businesses must close between 10PM and 5AM. The curfew goes into effect on Thursday, November 19th and is set to expire Thursday, December 10th. MGM Northfield Park will continue to work with the Ohio State Racing Commission, the local health department and government officials to return to our 6:00PM post time as soon as possible. by Ayers Ratliff, for Northfield Park

This year's presidential election was predicted by nearly every pollster on the planet, however the Election Night Series harness racing Champion was a 25-1 longshot. Muscular Superstar shocked his rivals with a gate-to-wire victory, capturing the $18,000 Election Night Series Final on Tuesday (November 17) at MGM Northfield Park. The three-year-old trotter is owned by Twoforone Stable of Millersburg, Indiana. His conditioner Lonnie Grabber listed Hunter Myers for the winning drive. Muscular Superstar (Muscular-Garland Superstar-ABC Garland) started the race from post three and led at every call through fractions of :27.4, :58, 1:26.4 and 1:56.4. He was two-lengths in front at the wire. Finishing behind the winner (in order after placings) were Blazintothefront (Aaron Merriman), Soho Begonia (Kurt Sugg), Smoking Jet, Dont Front Me, Turbochargedpete, Big Box Hanover, Father Time and Gabby's Wild Child. Muscular Superstar now has three wins in 16 starts this year. Tuesday's victory bolstered his career bankroll to $31,660. He returned $52.20 to win.   Ayers Ratliff

Mr Ds Rock won his fifth consecutive race when he captured the $18,000 Gridiron Series Final on Sunday (November 15) at MGM Northfield Park.  The three-year-old harness racing pacer is owned by the partnership of Tammy Carter, Debra Carsey, SCP Stable and Peggy Carter.  Brian Loney, his trainer, called upon Chris Page for the winning drive.             Mr Ds Rock (Pet Rock-Cotton Candy-Sportsmaster) started the race from post three and remained third through the :26.4 opening quarter.  Page tipped the gelding first-over coming off the second turn and he remained there through times of :56.3 and 1:24.4.  Mr Ds Rock cleared to the lead entering the stretch and bested his competition by a full length, completing the mile in 1:54.1.  Finishing behind the winner were One Last Laugh (Ronnie Wrenn Jr.), Johnny Rockette (Tony Hall), Worthabuck, Two Oclock Johnny, Rockin Daddy O, Townline Flight and Panther Time.         Mr Ds Rock now has 10 wins in 25 starts this year.  Sunday’s victory represents his 14th career score and bolstered his bankroll to $206,360.  He returned $5.20 to win.   Ayers Ratliff

Longshot players were celebrating after the harness racing horses crossed the finish of MGM Northfield Park’s sixth race on Tuesday (November 10) when #5 Beamer N Bud won at odds of nearly 54-1.        Charles and Christopher Krummick of Chicago, Illinois own the six-year-old pacing mare.  Steven Weiss trains Beamer N Bud and Kurt Sugg was aboard for the winning drive.  Tuesday’s triumph was the first win this year for the horse and marks her eighth lifetime score.           Beamer N Bud was followed across the wire by #8 Squirt (91-1), #2 Roberts New Life (42-1) and #6 Pictonian Dazzle (116-1).    Beamer N Bud returned $110.60 to win; the 5-8 Exacta paid $4,212.60; the 5-8-2 Trifecta returned $18,023.00; and the 5-8-2-6 20¢ Superfecta paid $5,614.76.   Ayers Ratliff

MGM Northfield Park has announced the dates of nine Progressive Claiming Series. These series offer opportunities for owners to place their horses in races with progressive claiming prices and purses. The newly-added late closers start from October 21 to October 24 with a base claiming price of either $7,000, $15,000 or $25,000 for distaff and male pacers. Trotters are also offered series with the same claiming tags. No pre-nomination is necessary, however there is a one-time entry fee of $100 for the $7,000 series, $200 for the $15,000 series and $300 for the $25,000 series. More information for the series can be found at www.northieldpark.com or by calling the race office at 330.467.4101.   Ayers Ratliff

Get Your Armor paced home for her 50th career victory, winning the fifth race at MGM Northfield Park on Saturday (October 24). The 10-year-old veteran, with 293 career starts, also has 49 seconds and 45 third-place finishes. Get Your Armor (American Ideal-Mystic Money-Nihilator) has career earnings of $518,367 with a lifetime mark of 1:52.2, taken at Northfield Park at age seven. The pacer's richest win was for a purse of $14,000 in a Fillies and Mares Open at Northfield Park, an event she has won multiple times. Get Your Armor has only won on two racing services. She has six victories at Saratoga Raceway in 2014. Since then she has scored 44 times on Northfield's Flying Turns. Get Your Armor started from the rail in the Saturday's $5,500 conditioned event. She sat forth through the :26.3 and :55.1 initial quarters before starting her first-over bid. Get Your Armor took the lead by the 1:24.1 three-quarter clocking and won by 2¼-lengths. The $4.20 winner posted a final time of 1:53.   Sam Schillaci Jr. of Silver Springs, New York owns Get Your Armor. Trainer Sam Schillaci called upon Ronnie Wrenn Jr. for the winning drive. by Ayers Ratliff, for MGM Northfield Park

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