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Ronnie Wrenn Jr. and Dan Noble will be recognized for their National Dash Driving Championships as part of the Wall of Fame ceremonies at Northfield Park on Sunday, August 10, 2014. The banquet will begin at 5:00 p.m. Wrenn topped the North American driving ranks in 2013 with 714 victories. Dave Palone (645), Bruce Aldrich, Jr. (645), Corey Callahan (619) and Tim Tetrick (582) completed the top five drivers by wins. Despite being a regular at Northfield Park, where he picked up 55% of his 2013 total wins, Wrenn split his time among several different venues last year. In addition to being a regular at Northfield, he drove at Batavia Downs, Buffalo Raceway, Colonial Downs, Monticello Raceway, Northville Downs, Raceway Park, Scioto Downs and several county fairs. Wrenn garnered 388 wins over the Flying Turns in 2013, placing him atop Northfield's leader board. His nearest competitor, Aaron Merriman, drove 234 winners. Keith Kash, Jr. (213), Jason Thompson (196) and Chris Page (193) rounded out the top five local reinsmen. "The dash title is really nice to have been able to accomplish. I have been very lucky and blessed to have driven well-conditioned horses for some great trainers," commented Wrenn. "It means a lot that my Dad was able to see me win the title. That definitely made it more special." Wrenn's father, Ron Sr., passed away in May, 2014. Dan Noble was North America's Dash Champion in 2011. Noble scored 773 victories in 2011, finishing ahead of George Brennan, who had 754 wins. Tim Tetrick (746), Dave Palone (698) and George Napolitano, Jr. (540) followed. Noble scored 56% of his yearly win tally at Northfield, topping the local driver standings by an authoritative margin. With 436 victories, his nearest competitor was Ryan Stahl, who drove 283 winners. Kurt Sugg (252), Wyatt Irvine (223) and Aaron Merriman (196) completed the top five. Winning Northfield's title was not Noble's only accomplishment in 2011. He also claimed the dash titles at Scioto Downs, The Red Mile and Lebanon Raceway's spring meet. Noble's busy 2011 season meant a lot of travel. "It was a long year to pursue the dash title, but I'm really glad I did it," Noble commented. Dan's father, Sam (Chip) Noble III, who was the national UDRS driving champion in 1978, 1981 and 1983, had the joy of witnessing his son's feat before his death from cancer in January of this year. Northfield Park's Wall of Fame Banquet is a triennial event. Candidates are nominated and considered by the Wall of Fame Trustees: Tom Aldrich, Vice-Chairman of Milstein Entertainment; Jerry Knappenberger, General Manager of the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association; Ayers Ratliff, Northfield Park Director of Racing Communications and Assistant Director of Racing. Once a consensus is reached among the trustees, additional input and final approval is sought from the Wall of Fame Advisory Committee consisting of Scott Cox, Northfield Park OHHA Track Director; Amy Hollar, Northfield Park OHHA Track Representative; Tye Loy, 2010 Wall of Fame Inductee; Kent Sherman, Trainer/Driver At Large OHHA Board Member; Clair Unholtz, 2004 Wall of Fame Inductee; Martin Wollam, 2010 Wall of Fame Inductee; Dave Bianconi, Northfield Park Executive Vice President of Racing and Simulcasting; and Mike Colacarro, Northfield Park Assistant General Manager. Other presentations at the August 10th event will be made to the Class of 2013 Wall of Fame Inductees, the Distinguished Owner, and the winners of the John Lee Good Fellowship, Willie C. Banks Ideal Employee, and Outstanding Caretaker Awards. by Ayers Ratliff, for Northfield Park

Northfield Park is pleased to announce a purse increase beginning with the Thursday (July 17) race program. This is the fourth increase since the opening of the $265 million Hard Rock Rocksino in December, 2013. "This is another step in the right direction as we continue to make improvements in our racing program," said Dave Bianconi, Executive Vice President of Racing and Simulcasting. "Our horsemen have expressed a desire to raise the minimum purse. This new structure is a direct response to their wishes. We have implemented gradual increases to maximize the benefit to horsemen who supported our racing program throughout the pre-VLT era." The new purse structure bolsters the minimum purse to $3,000 and adjusts various other classes, including the Opens, which have been raised to $12,500. "Northfield's race program is on the right track, and we are executing a specific business plan to insure that we make the most of the opportunities the State of Ohio has afforded us," explained Brent Reitz, Northfield Park's Vice President and General Manager. "Given our solid VLT results and substantial increases in pari-mutuel handle, we anticipate further enhancements to purses in conjunction with the finalization of a long-term contract with the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association." Reitz added: "It is gratifying to see positive changes taking place in Ohio, especially here at Northfield, where we continue to offer ample opportunities for our horsemen with year-round racing four and five nights a week." by Ayers Ratliff, for Northfield Park

Kayla Grace was most impressive, winning the $15,000 final of the Wallflower Series on Thursday (May 29) in Northfield Park's 11th race. The sophomore filly is owned by the Michigan-based partnership of ECS Racing and Kevin St Charles. Her trainer, Steve Novak, called upon Skip De Mull for the winning drive. Kayla Grace (He's All That-A Maze Of Grace-Cole Muffler) drew post three in a field of nine. She was parked and used hard through though a sizzling :26.4 opening quarter. When Kayla Grace finally made the lead she appeared on cruise control the rest of the mile, posting fractions of :55.2, 1:25 and 1:53.4. She finished a commanding 7 ¼-lengths ahead of her competition. The mile clocking was a new lifetime mark for Kayla Grace. Completing the race were Friskie Town, Hazel's All Sass, Stylish Dapper, CG Satin, Stirling Cordelia, Norma Jean, Glam World and Bellas Quik. Thursday's win was the fifth win in eight starts in 2014 and her 17th win in 20 career efforts. It elevated her lifetime earnings to $81,127. She was the race favorite and paid $3.60 to win. Ayers Ratliff

Long shot players’ dreams came true in the fourth race at Northfield Park on Tuesday (May 13), as (4) Guns Sharp Shooter led his harness racing competition from coast to coast at odds of 61-1.     Jeffery Stimer Jr of Hanover, Michigan owns, trains and drove the six year-old gelding.  It was the second win this year and third career score for Guns Sharp Shooter and third lifetime driving triumph for 32 year-old Stimer.         (4) Guns Sharp Shooter (61-1) was followed across the wire by (1) MJ Cruiser (23-1), (3) Luckey Rei (1-1) and (7) Roan Bruiser (52-1).     Guns Sharp Shooter returned $124.40 to win; the 4-1 Exacta paid $1,840.60; the 4-1-3 Trifecta returned $5,480.20; and the 4-1-3-7 Superfecta paid $9,234.38 for a 10-cent ticket.  Northfield Park Adds $7,500 Guaranteed Pick-5 Total Pool To Wednesday’s Card Northfield Park is announcing the addition of a $7,500 Pick-5 total pool guarantee to Wednesday’s (May 14) program.  Beginning in Race 3, the $7,500 Pick-5 guaranteed total pool includes a carryover of $1,496.21. Northfield’s Pick 5, Pick 4 and the Pick 3’s offer a reduced takeout rate of just 14 percent.      Wednesday’s post time is 6:00 p.m.   Ayers Ratliff    

Northfield Park is pleased to announce an approximate 15 percent overall harness racing purse increase beginning with the Thursday (April 24) race program. This is the third increase since the opening of the $265 million Hard Rock Rocksino in December, 2013. "This is another step in the right direction as we continue to make improvements in our racing program," said Dave Bianconi, Executive Vice President of Racing and Simulcasting. "We have implemented gradual increases to maximize the benefit to our local horsemen who supported our racing program throughout the pre-VLT era." The new purse structure allows for increased claiming and condition events, as well as $12,000 Opens. "It is certain that Northfield's race program is on the right track and are executing a specific game plan over the next 18 months to insure we make the most of the opportunity the state of Ohio has afforded us," explained Brent Reitz, Northfield Park's General Manager. "It is gratifying to see the positive changes taking place in Ohio, especially at our facility where we continue to offer year-round racing four and five nights a week." by Ayers Ratliff, for Northfield Park

Power Everywhere captured the $9,000 Fillies and Mares Open Pace on Thursday (April 17) in Northfield Park's opening race. She is trained by Calvin Hollar, Northfield Park leading harness racing conditioner so far in 2014. Robin Miller drove the victory for owner Edwin Harwood of Monroe, Michigan. Power Everywhere (Kilowatt-Imagine Anywhere-Camluck) started from post three and sat the pocket through fractions of :28, :57 and 1:26. Miller pulled in the stretch and called upon Power Everywhere. She responded and bested her competition by a full length in 1:55.1. Completing the race were It Must Be Magic, Blows Me Away, Eradikate, Make A Call and Jolting Kate. Thursday's win was the sixth victory this year, and 20th career score for Power Everywhere and it bolstered her lifetime earnings to $63,467. She was the race favorite and returned $5.00 to win. by Ayers Ratliff, for Northfield Park    

Last Wednesday and Thursday, Northfield Park was forced to close due to an Ohio Edison high voltage electric line that fell on the property as a result of issues surrounding a late winter snowstorm. As part of Northfield's Customer Appreciation, this Wednesday (March 19) and Thursday (March 20), Player Reward members will receive a coupon for a FREE $10 wager; FREE Northfield Park live program, FREE simulcast program and a FREE Hamburger or Hot Dog Basket with French Fries. Player Reward members can receive their coupon between 3:00 pm and 9:00 pm on either Wednesday or Thursday at the Guest Services table near the center Program Stand. If a guest is not a Player's Club member, they can sign up that night and receive the FREE offers. Northfield sincerely appreciates its loyal customers' continued patronage. The track apologizes for any inconvenience this power outage may have caused. Northfield currently races live four nights a week (Monday through Thursday) with a 6:00 p.m. first race post time. by Ayres Ratliff, for Northfield Park

Northfield, OH --- Due to a continued power issue which is providing no electricity to Northfield Park’s grandstand, the racing program and all simulcasting for Thursday (March 13) have been canceled. The power issues are being addressed as quickly as possible and Northfield aims to re-open on Friday (March 14). Qualifiers that were originally scheduled for Friday (March 14) have been moved to Saturday (March 15) at 11 a.m. by Ayers Ratliff, for Northfield Park

Ronnie Wrenn Jr. had more wins than any driver in North America last year, however 2014 started much differently.  He did not drive his first race this year until January 27, due to a wrist surgery at The Ohio State University Medical Center.  Since returning, Wrenn has been stacking up wins at an expeditious rate. On Tuesday (March 11) Wrenn took the lead in the Northfield Park driver standings, passing Josh Sutton, who had led the Cleveland reinsmen since January 2.  Wrenn has driven 77 local winners so far this year, six more than Suttan.  Aaron Merriman (57), David Lake (37) and Robin Miller (37) complete the top five. Wrenn keeps a busy schedule and often drives at other venues on days that Northfield does not race.  All together, he has piloted 102 victories, ranking him as the continent’s fifth winningest driver in 2014.  Only Corey Callahan (138), Aaron Merriman (117), Ron Pierce (109) and David Palone (106) have posted more wins this year than Wrenn. Calvin Hollar tops Northfield’s training ranks by posting 25 wins over the Flying Turns.  David Lake (18), Don Pfister (14) Harla Renae Loney (14), Keith Kash Jr. (13) and Barry Langley (13) are among Cleveland’s leading conditioners. Hollar, 53, currently trains a stable of 23 horses.  If his stable continues to rack up victories, he would secure his first training title. by Ayers Ratliff, for Northfield Park

Northfield, OH --- Northfield Park has canceled Wednesday night's (March 12) racing program due to a high voltage power line going down on the property. by Ayers Ratliff, for Northfield Park

On Monday, March 10, the Northfield Park backstretch community conducted a ceremony in honor of their fellow horseman, 39 year-old Jarrod Duncan, who passed away on Wednesday, March 5, 2014. Duncan began training in 2005 and had since garnered 254 victories and earned purses of $1,238,111. He was born in Wisconsin, grew up in East Moline, Illinois and raced exclusively in the Midwest. He most recently trained a stable of four horses including African Violet, Go Forit BB, Life In The Sand and Shelby Lu. Jarrod’s service will be held at Crete Funeral Home at 1182 Main Street in Crete, Illinois on Saturday, March 15 where visitors may call from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.  A service will be held at 4:00 p.m. Stakes Payments Due March 15 Battle of Lake Erie ($1,000) and “Hard Rockin’ Claiming Series” ($100) payments are due by March 15, 2014.    Since the 15th falls on a Saturday this year, payments postmarked by Monday (March 17) will be accepted. For nomination forms or further information please visit Northfield Park’s homepage at www.northfieldpark.com or contact Dave Bianconi, Northfield Park Executive Vice President of Racing and Simulcasting at 330-467-4101. by Ayers Ratliff Photo by JJ Zamaiko Photography    

Julians Caesar won the $9,500 Open Trot in Northfield Park’s sixth race on Monday (March 10).  Ron Burke trains the seven year-old trotter for owners Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC.  Chris Page was the winning driver.  Julians Caesar (Oaklea Julian-Twin B Lady-Royal Strength) started from post six and let his competition carve out the fractions of :28.4, :58.3 and 1:28 before taking the lead in the stretch and winning by 2 ¼-lengths in 1:58.2.  Completing the race were Sure Thing, Hello Carlo, Easy Strength, Tagmaster, Zorgwijk Heavenly and Kahoku.      Monday’s triumph increased Julians Ceasar’s lifetime win tally to 12 and his earnings to $245,172.  He was the race favorite and returned $6.40 to win.  In Monday’s ninth race, Man He Can Skoot captured the $9,500 Open Pace for owners Carl Howard and Gerrie Tucker.  Trainer Virgil Morgan Jr. called upon Ronnie Wrenn Jr. to drive.  Man He Can Skoot (Mantacular-Skoot’n By-Direct Scooter) started from post three and led at every call.  He posted fractions of :27.4, :57.2, 1:25.4 and won by a full length in 1:54.1.  Completing the race were Shark Dressed Man, Forever Good, Western Churchill, Curator, Goodnite Goodluck and Lyons JosephJNR.        Man He Can Skoot now has 22 career successes. Monday’s victory pushed his bankroll to $146,892. He was heavily favored and paid $4.20 to win. by Ayers Ratliff, for Northfield Park

Ronnie Wrenn Jr. drove seven winners on Wednesday (March 5) at Northfield Park.  Wrenn’s winners included Summerwinds Atlast ($36.20) in race three, Annie’s Master ($4.40) in race five, Argon Fire ($2.80) in race six, Olin ($2.40) in race seven, Forevers A Deal ($6.00) in race eight, JM Showcat ($4.00) in race 12 and Perfect Night ($) in race 15.  Wrenn, 27, began driving in 2008 and has since garnered 1,414 career victories and is in approaching $5,000,000 in purse earnings. Trainer Jarrod Duncan passes away Northfield Park trainer Jarrod Duncan, 39, died of apparent natural causes on Wednesday (March 5).  “It is very sad and hard to believe,” said Dave Bianconi, Northfield Park Executive Vice President of Racing and Simulcasting.  “He was a great guy and a hard worker.  He will be missed by many.” Duncan began training in 2005 and had since garnered 254 victories and earned purses of $1,238,111.  He was a native of Indiana and raced exclusively in the mid west.  He most recently trained a stable of four horses including African Violet, Go Forit BB, Life In The Sand and Shelby Lu. Funeral arrangements have not yet been made.    by Ayers Ratliff, for Northfield Park

Jason Thompson has not driven at Northfield Park since a skiing accident on Sunday.  “Wyatt (Irvine) and I decided to so skiing.  I am not a good skier and the slopes were icy,” explained Thompson.  “I should not have been out there with the icy conditions, but went anyway.  I was going really fast, hit a hole and the result was not good.” Thompson broke both his tibia and fibula in his left leg.  He is currently in Metro Health Center in Cleveland, Ohio following a surgical procedure placing screws and plates, which will help to mend his broken bones. Thompson has indicated that he could be sidelined for up to three months.  “In the mean time, I have some ski equipment for sale,” Thompson chuckled.  by Ayers Ratliff, for Northfield Park  

Hello Carlo and Kahoku dead heated in the $10,000 Open Trot in Northfield Park’s sixth race on Monday (March 3).  Hello Carlo is owned by Mario Caponi of Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio and trained by Larry Clabaugh.  Josh Sutton was aboard for the winning drive.  Margaret Mancini of Colts Neck, New Jersey owns Kahoku.  Crist Hershberger trains and drove.   Both trotters came from the back as the fractions were perfect for closers.  The first half was :58 and the back half was trotted in 1:00.  Finishing behind the pair of winners were Sure Thing, Julians Caesar, Saintfrancis, Pembroke Snapshot, Mythical Hall and Talladega Hanover.    Monday’s triumph increased Hello Carlo’s (Carry The Message-Last Turn-Supergill) lifetime win tally to 54 and Kahoku’s (SJ’s Caviar-Tags Goal-Tagliabue) to 11.  Hello Carlo has now earned $264,868 and Kahoku has bankrolled $75,513.  Neither totter was the race favorite, Hello Carlo paid $5.80 to win and Kahoku returned $21.00.  In the evening’s ninth race, Rose Run Logan trotted home for his fourth straight win over Northfield’s Flying Turns.  The seven year-old gelding is owned and trained by Jeff Hochstetler of Urichsville, Ohio.  Aaron Merriman was the winning driver.              Rose Run Logan started from post six and led at every call through fractions of :29.1, :58.1, 1:27.1 and 1:56.2.  He was well in hand the entire mile and bested his closest competitor (Al Brown, Don McKirgan) by four lengths.             Monday’s triumph was the 10 career success for Rose Run Logan (Armbro Laser-How Miraculous-Baltic Speed) and increased his lifetime earnings to $24,598.  He was heavily favored and returned $2.40 to win. Western Churchill was an upset winner in the evenings $10,000 Open Pace for owner New York Thunder Stable of Washington, Pennsylvania.  Northfield Park’s leading trainer, Calvin Hollar is his conditioner and listed Greg Grismore to drive. Western Churchill (Western Ideal-The Mattican-Matt’s Scooter) started from the rail and sat the pocket through fractions of :28, :57.2 and 1:25.3.  Grismore pulled Western Churchill at the head of the stretch and was ¾-length in front at the finish in 1:54.2.  Completing the race were Shark Dressed Man, Man He Can Skoot, Forever Good, Nathan Feelsgood, Curator, Lucky Jet and Stevie Diamonds.         Western Churchill now has 15 career successes. Monday’s victory pushed his bankroll to $208,478. He paid $28.40 to win. by Ayers Ratliff, for Northfield Park

Canaco Star captured the $9,000 Fillies and Mares Open Pace on Thursday (February 27) in Northfield Park’s third race.  She is trained by Misty Carey for owners Michael Kessler of New Hartford, New York and Speed to Burn Racing Stable of Utica, New York.  Keith KashJr. was aboard for the winning drive.      Canaco Star (Yankee Cam-Dime A Minute-Life Sign) started from post four and sat the pocket through fractions of :28.1, :57.2, and 1:26.3.  Kash tipped Canaco Star in the final quarter and bested the competition by ½-length in 1:56.  Completing the race were Up Front Kellie Jo, Pertty Music, Crazy Luv Bug, Y Mach Me and Sweetheart Dance.            Thursday’s win was the 38 career victory for Canaco Star and increased her bankroll to $153,018.  She returned $13.00 to win. New Claiming Series at Northfield Northfield Park has announced the dates of six “Hard Rockin’ Claiming Series.”  “These new late closers are just part of the increased opportunities offered here at Northfield,” said Dave Bianconi, Executive Vice President of Racing and Simulcasting.  “As our purses increase, we would like to fill more straight claiming races.  These series will give claimers a real opportunity to race for solid purses in each leg and a big money final.”  Mondays (March 31, April 7 and April 14) will host The Hall of Fame Series, for $8,000 claiming trotters, and The Legend Series, for $8,000 claiming pacers.  Each of the three legs will carry purses of $6,500.   Tuesdays (April 1, April 8 and April 15) will offer The Icon Series for $4,000 claiming pacers.  Each leg will be raced for a $4,000 purse.   Wednesdays (April 2, April 9 and April 16) highlight The Juke Box Hero Series, for $4,000 claiming trotters.  Each of these legs will also carry a $4,000 purse. Thursdays (April 3, April 10 and April 17) will feature The Diva Series, for fillies and mares $4,000 claiming pacers, offering purses of $4,000.  Also on those nights, The Prima Donna Series, for fillies and mares $8,000 claiming pacers, will offer purses of $6,500. The finals of all six series will be raced on Friday (April 25) on the undercard of the $100,000 (gtd) Courageous Lady, the first Grand Circuit stakes event of 2014 for three year-old filly pacers.  The finals of The Hall of Fame, The Legend and The Prima Donna Series will carry purses of $20,000 (gtd).  The Icon, The Juke Box Hero and The Diva Series finals will race for $15,000 (gtd). A one-time $100 payment will be required of each entrant to be eligible.  Payments are due by March 15.  Exact conditions for the series at www.northfieldpark.com.  The link is near the bottom of Northfield’s homepage. by Ayers Ratliff, for Northfield Park

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