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Harness racing is typically a sport that has rural roots and its participants are usually males carrying on a family tradition that was started before they were even born. Most trainers and drivers had someone in their family or a close friend that took them under their wing, showed them the ropes and helped them get a start in the business. However, trainer Kim Sloan had a much different entry into harness racing. She was born into a Cleveland, Ohio urban family that had never owned or cared for a horse. Although knowing virtually nothing about horses, Kim's father and grandparents were fans of the sport and were often rooting for their picks on the grandstand apron of Northfield Park. As a child Kim was at Northfield many times but never on the backstretch. "I was usually running around the grandstand with the other kids picking up losing tickets off the ground," remembers Sloan. Being present in the excitement of a racetrack fostered an affection for horses that has grown throughout Kim's life. Sloan entered the workforce immediately after graduating in 1981 from the Cleveland City School System. She secured employment at a title insurance company in downtown Cleveland. However searching titles was not her passion, so Kim went to a horse auction at the Delaware County Fairgrounds in 1992 and purchased two yearling fillies, Aint That A Dame and Takin Chances. "Everyone I talked to told me to get a horse that was already racing and not to buy yearlings. But I wanted to learn how to train a horse from the start," said Sloan. "I thought that buying a horse that was already racing would be like sitting down in a theatre in the middle of a movie. I bought yearlings because I wanted to learn from the ground up." Kim feels fortunate to have been initially stabled next to Dan Kirkwood at the Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds in Berea, Ohio. "I tried to be observant and ask a lot of questions," explained Sloan. "Dan was always willing to guide me." Even though Kim asked questions and tried to learn from fellow trainers, "My biggest tool was the book Care & Training of the Trotter & Pacer. I read it religiously, especially the chapter written by Stanley Dancer. That book was like my Bible." Kim's first race was in October, 1995 with Aint That A Dame. It resulted in a seventh place finish, beaten 25½ lengths for a 1,600 purse at Northfield Park. Her first win was the following August at the Cuyahoga County Fair with a pacing mare named Botton Line in 2:05.3. Since the beginning Kim has kept a small stable. Her starters have posted 233 wins and have earnings approaching $1 million. However, in January she joined forces with Fred Peters, owner of Pod Stable LLC. She now trains six for her new owner, as well as two others, and for the first time is truly looking to grow the stable. "You have to keep going one race at a time and continuously evaluate where you are going and what you need to do," said Sloan. "In this business, many changes need to be made along the way." Her most recent victory came with Pod Stable owned Fluff Me Up at Northfield Park on Monday (August 24) in the $13,000 Open Trot where Sloan's four year-old gelding won by seven ½-lengths in 1:54.2. The clocking was not only a track record, but it equaled the world's record for his age, sex and gate on a half-mile track. "It was his first start without trotting hopples," said Sloan. "I have wanted to take the hopples off for quite a while but to do so you have to miss a week of racing to requalify. Timing worked out to take them off because he was not going to race for a week. I could not be happier with him. I have never had a win like this before." Ayers Ratliff          

Don Irvine Jr. and Ronnie Wrenn Jr. each won six times throughout Northfield Park's 15-race harness racing program on Wednesday (August 19). Irvine's triumphs were aboard Un Poco De Loco ($4.40) in race one, Cautious Optimism ($9.80) in race three, Happy To Scoot ($7.20) in race seven, Endless Desire ($7.60) in race nine, Star Studded Gun ($8.00) in race 11 and A Million Thanks ($3.80) in race 14. Wrenn posted wins with Let Loose Hanover ($6.40) in race two, Iwilldowhatido ($2.20) in race four, Bonnie's Beach ($2.40) in race eight, Y Mach Me ($2.40) in race 10, Roca Rei ($6.20) in race 13 and Charlie B ($2.10) in race 15. Irvine, 64, has been a fan favorite at Northfield for decades. He has 6,985 career wins and is approaching $35 million in total purse earnings. He currently sets ninth in Northfield's local driving ranks with 71 wins so far this year. Throughout his long and successful career Irvine has competed in nearly 40,000 races and has six local dash titles to his credit. He was the leading driver over the Flying Turns in 1975, 1976, 1980, 1982, 1983 and 1984. Don Irvine Jr.'s success gained him the honor of being a Northfield Park Wall of Fame inductee in 1991. Wrenn, 28, began driving in 2008 and has since garnered 2,679 career victories and is approaching $12 million in total purse earnings. Ronnie leads Northfield's local driving ranks with 390 wins posted so far this year. Aaron Merriman (327), Jason Merriman (167), Ryan Stahl (126) and Kurt Sugg (114) complete the top-five drivers over the Flying Turns so far in 2015. Wrenn holds the 2013 and 2014 National Dash titles for posting more wins than any other driver in North America in each of the last two years. He is currently second in 2015. Wrenn has won 507 races so far this year, trailing Aaron Merriman by 31. George Napolitano Jr. (470), Corey Callahan (449) and Bruce Aldrich Jr. (442) complete the top-five winningest drivers in North America so far this season. Ayres Ratliff

Wiggle It Jiggleit went to post in Friday's (August 14) $405,000 Carl Milstein Memorial at Northfield Park as the overwhelming 1-9 favorite. His stellar performance did not disappoint a packed apron full of harness racing fans, who showed their appreciation with loud cheers as he returned to the Winners Circle. Montrell Teague was in the sulky for his father, George Teague Jr., who owns Wiggle It Jiggleit, and trainer Clyde Francis. Friday's victory represents the popular gelding's 16th win in 18 career starts, while his share of the purse took his earnings to $1,195,644. Staring from post position four, Wiggle It Jiggleit let his rivals get position off the gate before brushing to the front nearing the quarter pole. After clocking a :26.1 opening fraction, Teague was able to rate the second panel and slowed the pace to a :55.3 half. "That was the plan," said Montrell Teague in a post-race interview. "I wanted to take care of him tonight after the hard race he had last week." Wakizashi Hanover (Tim Tetrick) made a first-over challenge in the second half and pushed Wiggle It Jiggleit to a 1:22.4 three-quarter time. Wakizashi Hanover flattened in the final quarter while Lost For Words (David Miller), who sat the pocket throughout, also could not gain on Wiggle It Jiggleit, who posted a 1 ½-length victory in 1:49.3. Lost For Words finished second and Wakizashi Hanover was third. The mile lowered Northfield's track record for three year-old geldings. The prior 1:52 record was held by both Gryffindor (Ray Fisher Jr.) in 2005 and Hare Craft (Aaron Byron) in 2011. "I am glad he bounced back like he did. He was very strong tonight," offered Montrell, referring to his most recent disappointing fourth place finish in the Cane Pace. "I am glad to quiet the doubters." Ayers Ratliff

 Harness racing personalities George and Montrell Teague will be in studio guests on "The Really Big Show" on Cleveland ESPN Radio 850 WKNR on Friday morning, August 14, at 11:45 AM. The father-son team will discuss prized pupil Wiggle It Jiggleit's chances in that night's featured $405,000 Carl Milstein Memorial at Northfield Park with Really Big Show hosts Tony Rizzo and Jerod Cherry. Live streaming of WKNR can be found on -- www.espncleveland.com Ayers Ratliff  

Harness racing star Wiggle It Jiggleit has been named the overwhelming 3-5 morning-line favorite in Friday’s $405,000 Carl Milstein Memorial.  Friday’s featured event, the Milstein is a Grand Circuit race for three year-old colt pacers.   Wiggle It Jiggleit has won 15 of 17 lifetime starts and has already captured the $500,000 Hempt Stakes at Pocono Downs and the $706,000 Meadowlands Pace this year. The Carl Milstein Memorial’s $405,000 purse is the largest ever offered in Northfield’s 58-year history.   The 2015 $405,000 Milstein Memorial field: POST    HORSE        DRIVER        TRAINER            M/L 1    Go Daddy Go        Peter Wrenn        Robert McIntosh        15-1 2    Lyons Levi Lewis    Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.    Ron Burke            10-1 3    Lost For Words    David Miller        Brian Brown            4-1 4    Wiggle It Jiggleit     Montrell Teague    Clyde Francis            3-5 5    Allbeef N Nobull    Chris Page        Ron Burke            12-1 6    Rock N’ Roll World    Aaron Merriman    Mark Silva            20-1 7    The Wayfaring Man    Aaron Merriman    Nicky Comegna        25-1 8    Wakizashi Hanover    Tim Tetrick        Joann Looney-King        9-2 The race is named in honor of Carl Milstein, who owned and operated Northfield Park from 1984 until his death in 1999. His son, Brock Milstein, immediately took over as Chairman of Northfield Park and is now also the Chairman of Milstein Entertainment, LLC, majority owner of the Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park. In 1972, the senior Milstein, a Cleveland builder and real estate developer, headed a group of several partners, including George Steinbrenner, which purchased Northfield Park. They leased the facility to other operators through the early 1980s. The track lost significant amounts of money during that period before Milstein took full ownership and control. In late 1984 he successfully applied to the Ohio State Racing Commission for the necessary licenses and, beginning in January 1985, conducted permanent race meetings at Northfield of between 212 and 238 days every year. Milstein was the driving force behind a resurgence of the beleaguered track, which ascended to among harness racing’s top tracks in attendance and handle. He was an innovator in promotions and advertising and successfully led the track into the era of simulcast racing. Exciting Undercard This year’s Milstein Memorial program carries total purses of $663,500.  The 15-race program includes four $40,000 Ohio Sires Stakes races for sophomore filly pacers and trotters and three $20,000 Open events. Another added attraction on the track will be the "Legends Driver Challenge," featuring Northfield leading drivers of days gone by. Last year’s winner, Dan Ross, will try to defend his title against Gerry Bookmyer, William Irvine, Keith Kash and Don McKirgan, as well as newcomers Jeff Fout, Del S. Miller and William Popio. The eight veteran reinsmen have all won driving titles at Northfield during a span that covered the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s. The Milstein crowd will enjoy food trucks on the outdoor apron from 6 to 10 p.m. and Northfield Park dice games and the Majic 105.7 prize wheel with Chip Kullik from 7 to 9 p.m. Classic rock band Unknown Reason will be performing on the trackside apron from 6 to 10 p.m. ESPN Cleveland WKNR’s Bruce Hooley will be broadcasting live from 5 to 7 p.m.  Lady Luck’s Clubhouse Restaurant will be offering a $19.95 signature buffet, inspired by Hard Rock Rocksino Executive Chef Chris Poplin. Due to the expected large crowd reservations are highly recommended and can be made by calling 330-467-4101. First race post time for the Carl Milstein Memorial card is 6:00 p.m. Parking and admission are always FREE at Northfield Park. Ayres Ratliff

Don Irvine Jr. won five races throughout Northfield Park's 15-race harness racing program on Friday (August 7). Irvine's triumphs were aboard Man He Can Skoot ($4.00) in the evening's $13,000 featured event in race three, Jolting Kate ($10.80) in race five, Miss Fineline ($17.00) in race six, Hot Mandy ($20.40) in race 11 and RD Elegant Yankee ($14.00) in race 15. Irvine, 64, has been a fan favorite at Northfield for decades. He has 6,972 career wins and is approaching $35 million in total purse earnings. He currently sets 10th in Northfield's local driving ranks win 60 wins so far this year. Throughout his long and successful career Irvine has competed in nearly 40,000 races and has six local dash titles to his credit. He was the leading driver over the Flying Turns in 1975, 1976, 1980, 1982, 1983 and 1984. Don Irvine Jr.'s success gained him the honor of being a Northfield Park Wall of Fame inductee in 1991. Ayers Ratliff

Harness racing driver Jason Merriman won five races throughout Northfield Park’s 15-race program on Wednesday (August 5).  Merriman’s triumphs included TT’ssizzlinsally ($7.00) in race one, Bold Decision ($17.40) in race four, Dunks Brother ($2.20) in race five, Tiffany Malone ($4.60) in race six and Stone Of Magic ($3.40) in race 15. Merriman, 28, began driving in 2003 and has since garnered 1,764 career victories and is approaching $8 million in total purse earnings. Jason is third in Northfield’s local driving ranks with 161 wins posted so far this year.  Only Ronnie Wrenn Jr. (361) and Aaron Merriman (312) have more victories this year over the Flying Turns than Jason Merriman.  Ryan Stahl (123) and Kurt Sugg (106) complete the top-five local drivers.   Ayers Ratliff  

Eight local legends will do battle in a race that will turn back the clock for many harness racing fans at Northfield Park on Friday, August 14. The "Legends Drivers Challenge" will pit Northfield leading drivers of days gone by in a trotting event that will serve as a warm-up for the $400,000 Carl Milstein Memorial, a Grand Circuit event for three-year-old colt pacers. Dan Ross, who won last year's inaugural Legends Race, will defend his crown against previous-year competitors Gerry Bookmyer, William Irvine and Don McKirgan, as well as newcomers Jeff Fout, Del S. Miller, William Popio and Craig Stein. The eight veteran reinsmen were talented fan favorites that were leading drivers over the Flying Turns in the 70's, 80's and 90's. Also on Milstein night, sophomore Ohio Sires Stakes pacing and trotting fillies will square off for purses of $40,000 per division. Northfield's Executive Vice President of Racing and Simulcasting, Dave Bianconi, is writing an Open Pace, a Fillies and Mares Open Pace and an Open Trot, each with a $20,000 purse. Entries for all the races to be contested on Friday night, August 14 at Northfield are due by 9 AM (Eastern) on Tuesday morning, August 11. Ayers Ratliff  

The Carl Milstein Memorial, Northeast Ohio's premier harness race, is scheduled for its second edition on Friday, August 14. The Grand Circuit event has attracted the best sophomore colt pacers in the sport of harness racing.It has been confirmed by owner George Teague Jr. that pacing superstar Wiggle It Jiggleit will enter this year's Milstein. Wiggle It Jiggleit has won 15 of 16 career starts, earning nearly $1 million. His most recent win was a 1:47.4 victory in the $706,000 Meadowlands Pace on July 18. Wiggle It Jiggleit will race once more before coming to the Flying Turns. He drew post two in the $319,400 Cane Pace at the Meadowlands on Saturday (August 8). "We have had some great horses race at Northfield over the years, but we have never had a horse come with a resume even approaching that of Wiggle It Jiggleit's," said Dave Bianconi, Northfield Park Executive Vice President of Racing and Simulcasting. Wiggle It Jiggleit's only loss came in the $810,000 North America Cup on June 20, when he finished second to Wakizashi Hanover. Joann Looney-King, the trainer of Wakizashi Hanover, has also pointed her horse to compete in the Milstein. Eight-time winner Wakizashi Hanover has finished in the top three in 14 of 16 starts, earning nearly $750,000. His most recent effort was a third-place finish in the Meadowlands Pace. He prepped to take to the stage in Cleveland in a qualifier at Harrah's Philadelphia on Tuesday (August 4), winning in 1:53.1. Roland N Rock, who has won 18 of 21 starts, is expected to be in the entry box for the big event. The Iowa-bred was undefeated as a freshman in 14 starts and has won four of seven starts so far this year. Trainer Brian Brown is expected to have a Milstein entry this year with Lost For Words. He just finished third in the $400,000 Adios Final at The Meadows on August 1. Lost For Words has won nine of 21 starts, including three consecutive victories in Pennsylvania Sires Stakes this year. He sports earnings of almost $400,000. The race is named in honor of Carl Milstein, who owned and operated Northfield Park from 1984 until his death in 1999. His son, Brock Milstein, immediately took over as Chairman of Northfield Park and is now also the Chairman of Milstein Entertainment, LLC, majority owner of the Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park. In 1972, the senior Milstein, a Cleveland builder and real estate developer, headed a group of several partners, including George Steinbrenner, which purchased Northfield Park. They leased the facility to other operators through the early 1980's. The track lost significant amounts of money during that period before Milstein took full ownership and control. In late 1984 he successfully applied to the Ohio State Racing Commission for the necessary licenses and, beginning in January, 1985, conducted permanent race meetings at Northfield of between 212 and 238 days every year. Milstein was the driving force behind a resurgence of the beleaguered track, which ascended to among harness racing's top tracks in attendance and handle. He was an innovator in promotions and advertising and successfully led the track into the era of simulcast racing. The Carl Milstein Memorial will be well supported with an undercard featuring multiple $40,000 divisions of the Ohio Sires Stakes for three year-old filly pacers and trotters, three $20,000 Opens and numerous contests and promotions trackside. The Milstein crowd will enjoy food trucks on the outdoor apron from 6 to 10 p.m. and Northfield Park dice games and the Majic 105.7 prize wheel with Chip Kullik from 7 to 9 p.m. Classic Rock band Unknown Reason will be performing on the trackside apron from 6 to 10 p.m. ESPN Cleveland WKNR's Bruce Hooley will be broadcasting live from 5 to 7 p.m. Lady Luck's Clubhouse Restaurant will be offering a $19.95 signature buffet, inspired by Hard Rock Rocksino Executive Chef Chris Poplin. Due to the expected large crowd reservations are highly recommended and can be made by calling 330-467-4101. First race post time for the Carl Milstein Memorial card is 6:00 p.m. Parking and admission are always FREE at Northfield Park. Ayers RatliffW

Credit Fashion crossed the finish line faster than any four-year-old trotting horse in the history of harness racing at Northfield Park when he won a $7,000 conditioned race in 1:53.3 on Monday (July 20). The clocking breaks the 1:56.3 former record by Patio Pete (Walter Case Jr.) in 2001. Martin Yoder of Kidron, Ohio owns Credit Fashion. Jeff Hochstetler is his trainer and Aaron Merriman was in the sulky for the winning drive. Credit Fashion (Credit Winner-Whata Softie-Self Possessed) started from post two. He led his competition through fractions of :28.1, :57, 1:25 and 1:53.3. There was never an anxious moment for the winner, who bested his competition by 11¼-lengths. Credit Fashion now has two wins in three starts this year. Monday's victory represents his sixth score in 14 career races and bolstered his bankroll to $304,137. He was the race favorite and returned $3.20 to win. Ayres Ratliff

Ronnie Wrenn Jr. won six races throughout Northfield's Park's 15-race harness racing program on Monday (July 6). Wrenn's triumphs included Herbie's Hot Stuff ($9.00) in race one, Scootinfordamoney ($5.40) in race two, Dream Crazed ($3.40) in race three, War Cry Hall ($7.00) in race 10, JM's Dukeofdelight ($11.80) in race 13 and Activator ($2.80) in race 15. Wrenn, 28, began driving in 2008 and has since garnered 2,589 career victories and is approaching $11M in total purse earnings. Ronnie leads Northfield's local driving ranks with 319 wins posted so far this year. Aaron Merriman (271), Jason Merriman (138), Ryan Stahl (106) and Kurt Sugg (91) complete the top-five drivers with the most wins over the Flying Turns this year. Wrenn holds the 2013 and 2014 National Dash titles for posting more wins than any other driver in North America in each the last two years. He is currently second for 2015. He has won 417 races so far this year, trailing Aaron Merriman by 21. Corey Callahan (371), Bruce Aldrich Jr. (348) and George Napolitano Jr. (322) complete the top-five winningest drivers in North America so far this season. Northfield Park Adds $20,000 Pick-5 Total Pool Guarantee to Tuesday's Card Northfield Park is announcing the addition of a $20,000 Pick-5 total pool guarantee to Tuesday's (July 7) program. Beginning in Race 3, the $20,000 Pick-5 guaranteed total pool includes a carryover of $3,808.47 Northfield's Pick 5, Pick 4 and the Pick 3's offer a reduced takeout rate of just 14 percent. Tuesday's post time is 6:00 p.m. Ayers Ratliff

Northeast Ohio's newest premier race, the Cleveland Trotting Classic, will go to post Friday (July 3) at Northfield Park. The Classic carries a $170,000 purse for its inaugural edition and has attracted some of the best veteran trotters in North America. The Grand Circuit race is the featured event of a stakes-laden program. The Friday harness racing card offers total purses of $647,500. Obrigado drew post two and has been named the 2-1 morning-line favorite in the Classic field by Northfield Park Executive Vice President of Racing and Simulcasting, Dave Bianconi. Entering Friday's race off a 1:51.3 lifetime mark in the $50,000 TVG Free for All at the Meadowlands, Canadian Mark MacDonald has been named to drive the 5 year-old Boy Band gelding. Obrigado sports 31wins, including 21 consecutive victories earlier in his career, and has lifetime earnings of $421,164. DW's NY Yank is the 3-1 second choice. He drew post three for powerhouse trainer Ron Burke. The six year-old has five wins this year and 37 career victories. DW's NY Yank is a hard-hitting Open trotter that has garnered career earnings of $855,914 with a 1:51.3 mark at Pocono Downs taken in 2013. Daylon Magician is the richest in the field with $1,849,527 in earnings. The son of Kadabra drew post seven and is 6-1. The seven year-old has five wins this year and 30 lifetime scores, the richest being the $1,020,000 Canadian Trot at Mohawk Racetrack in 2011. Jack Moiseyev is the seven year-old's trainer and driver. Daylon Magician has a 1:51.1 mark at Mohawk Racetrack, trotted in 2013. The 2015 Cleveland Trotting Classic field: Horse   Sire   Driver   Trainer   M/L 1 - Count Me In by Full Count - Aaron Merriman* Ron Burke 9-2 2 - Obrigado by Boy Band - Mark MacDonald Paul Kelley 2-1 3 - DW's NY by Dilbert Hanover -  Yank Chris Page Ron Burke 3-1 4 - Awesome Valley by  - Aaron Merriman* Joseph Hundertpfund Jr. 20-1 5 - Datsyuk by Explosive Matter - Charlie Norris Charlie Norris 15-1 6 - Rompaway Galaxy by Rompaway Wally - Aaron Merriman* Krista Harmon 12-1 7 - Daylon Magician by Kadabra - Jack Moiseyev Jack Moiseyev 6-1 8 - Il Sogno Dream by Cantab Hall - Aaron Merriman* Christopher Beaver 8-1 *Driver selections will be finalized by 9:00 p.m. Tuesday evening. Powerful Undercard This year's Classic program undercard highlights 11 $40,000 Ohio Sires Stakes races featuring the best freshman filly pacers and trotters in the Buckeye State. There will be six divisions of filly pacers and five filly trot stake races going to post. Superfecta wagering has been added to Friday's 11th race, the Classic feature. A $10,000 Guaranteed Pick 4 has also been added and covers races eight through 11. First race post time is 6:00 p.m. In addition to superior racing action, Battle 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 a plethora of FREE fanfare activities. These attractions include a t-shirt toss from the winner's circle by the successful driver of each race, driver meet-and-greets and commemorative poster signings throughout the evening, Harness Racing Bingo offering over $1,000 in cash and prizes, country band Six String Cowboy performing on the apron from 6:00 till 10:00 p.m., and spinning of the Northfield Park Prize Wheel for cash and prizes from 8:00 till 9:30 p.m. Ayers Ratliff

Greg Grismore won five races throughout Northfield's Park's 15-race harness racing program on Monday (June 29). Grismore's triumphs included Untold Legends ($3.60) in race two, Won Ton Hanover ($10.80) in race three, Mybrothergeorge ($2.80) in race four, Sombrero Hall ($19.60) in race eight and Boiler Brees ($8.80) in race 11. Grismore, 45, began driving in 1987 and has since garnered 6,520 career victories and more than $41M in total purse earnings. Ayers Ratliff  

The Cleveland Trotting Classic, Northeast Ohio's newest premier race, is scheduled for its inaugural edition on Friday, July 3. The Grand Circuit race is estimated to carry a purse of $180,000 and has drawn an impressive slate of 22 of the best harness racing veteran trotters in North America that are eligible to the event. Market Share leads all eligibles in earnings with $3,685,796. The six year-old, although winless this year in three starts, has 25 lifetime victories and sports a mark of 1:50.2 at Harrah's Philadelphia. In 2012 Market Share won the $1,500,000 Hambletonian at the Meadowlands, the $1,030,000 Canadian Trot at Mohawk Racetrack, the $235,000 American National at Balmoral Park and the $108,000 Galt at Maywood Park. In 2013 Market Share won the $526,710 Maple Leaf Trot at Mohawk Racetrack, the $600,000 Breeders Crown at Pocono Downs, the $200,000 American National at Balmoral Park and the $500,000 TVG Free for All at the Meadowlands. Last year Market Share was successful in the $250,000 Maxie Lee at Harrah's Philadelphia and the $162,000 Dayton Trotting Derby at Hollywood Dayton Raceway. Daylon Magician is the other millionaire of the bunch with $1,847,324 to his credit and a lifetime mark of 1:51.1 at Mohawk Racetrack. The seven year-old has 30 lifetime wins, the richest being the $1,020,000 Canadian Trot at Mohawk Racetrack in 2011. The trotter already has five wins this year and has not been worse than third in his seven starts so far in 2015. DW's NY Yank just won a $26,000 Open Handicap at the Meadowlands. That triumph increased his seasonal win tally to five and lifetime victories to 37. The six year-old hard-hitting Open trotter has garnered career earnings of $853,414 and sports a 1:51.3 mark at Pocono Downs taken in 2013. Il Sogno Dream, in rein to Northfield Park's runner-up leading driver, Aaron Merriman, scored in his last outing in a $25,000 Open Trot at Scioto Downs. He has won two of four starts this year. The four year-old has earned $488,101 with 10 lifetime victories and a 1:52.2 mark at Scioto Downs in May of this year. Natural Herbie also posted a win in his most recent race, a $15,000 conditioned event at Hoosier Park. The five year-old has 25 lifetime wins including the $200,000 Indiana Sire Stake final in 2012 and 2013 and the $250,000 International Trot at Yonkers Raceway in 2014. Natural Herbie has $770,991 in career earnings and a mark of 1:51.4 at the Meadowlands. Friday's Cleveland Trotting Classic will be well-supported with an undercard featuring multiple $40,000 divisions of Ohio Sires Stakes for freshman filly pacers and trotters. Numerous fan-friendly attractions are on tap, including a t-shirt toss from the winner's circle by the successful driver of each race, driver meet-and-greets and commemorative poster signings throughout the evening, Harness Racing Bingo offering over $1,000 in cash and prizes, country band Six String Cowboy performing on the apron from 6:00 till 10:00 p.m., and spinning of the Northfield Park Prize Wheel for cash and prizes from 8:00 till 9:30 p.m. Lady Luck's Clubhouse Restaurant will be offering a $19.95 picnic-themed buffet special. Reservations are preferred and can be made by calling 330-467-4101. First race post time for the inaugural Cleveland Trotting Classic card is 6:00 p.m. Parking and Admission are always FREE at Northfield Park. Ayers Ratliff

Harness racing's longest shining star, Foiled Again, became the first three-time champion of Northfield Park's Battle of Lake Erie when he crossed the wire a winner on Friday (June 12). Approaching the start the 11 year-old was already the richest Standardbred of all-time and became the first horse to earn in excess of $7 million with his triumph. Foiled Again (Dragon Again-In A Safe Place-Artsplace) is owned by the partnership of Burke Racing Stable of Fredericktown, Pennsylvania, Weaver Bruscemi of Canonsburg, Pennsylvania and JJK Stables LLC of Fort Lauterdale, Florida. He is trained by Ron Burke, who called upon Matt Kakaley to drive. Foiled Again started from post five and sat fourth through the :26 opening quarter. Kakaley pulled Foiled Again in the second panel and he remained first over through times of :53.4 and 1:21.3. Foiled again took advantage of his chance when Luck Be Withyou, who had led throughout, went off stride entering the final turn. Foiled Again inherited the lead and fought off his competition in the stretch to win by a neck, stopping the timer at 1:50.3. "I knew if I was close turning for home the he would out grit them," said Kakaley "He is the toughest horse ever in the history of harness racing, for sure." The win pushes Foiled Again's earnings to $7,012,531. Following Foiled Again were Clear Vision, Cammikey, Big Boy Dreams, State Treasurer, Duc Dorleans, Night Pro and Luck Be Withyou. Foiled Again started this year a bit sluggish and many people were calling for Ron Burke to retire the champion pacer. However, Burke discovered that the horse had an entrapped epiglottis and scheduled the minor surgery in early May. Friday's performance was Foiled Again's first start post-operation. "He is as good as ever and still has a lot of racing left in him," said Burke. "He is the horse that has built our barn. I cannot say enough good things about him. I love this horse." Ayers Ratliff

The Battle of Lake Erie, one of Northfield Park's premier races and a Grand Circuit event, is set for its 30th edition on June 12, 2015. The Friday harness racing  feature is scheduled as the 11th of 15 races with a 6:00 p.m. first race post time. This year's Battle carries a purse of $175,000, the largest in its history. The race is the fourth leg of the evening's pick 4, which has a $10,000 guaranteed pool, and Superfecta wagering has been added. Since its inception in 1986, the Battle has drawn the very best veteran pacers the sport to compete on Northfield Park's Flying Turns. Past Battle Champions include racing greats Falcon Seelster, Quite A Sensation, Jaguar Spur, Dorunrun Bluegrass, Cambest, Riyadh, Gallo Blue Chip and Maltese Artist. In addition to superior racing action, Battle night will also offer guests a sumptuous 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 the racing action can stop by the grandstand apron to visit Seti's Polish Boys food truck. Live music by The Attraxxion will be part of the apron scene from 6-10 p.m. and spin the prize wheel with WMJI's Chip Kullik from 7-9 p.m. The 2015 Battle of Lake Erie Field: #1 Clear Vision is this event's returning champion. He is one of two starters from the powerful barn of Ron Burke. Owned by Burke Racing Stable LLC of Fredericktown, Pennsylvania, Weaver Bruscemi LLC of Canonsburg, Pennsylvania and The Panhellenic Stable Corp. of Oyster Bay, New York, he has won 29 and has been on the board in 95 of 175 career races. His lifetime mark is 1:48.2 (TgDn 5/8) with a career bankroll of $2,346,732. 2015 marks Clear Vision's third Battle of Lake Erie appearance. The gelding by Western Hanover won last year and finished third in 2013. His richest victory was in the $223,500 Bobby Quillen Memorial at Harrington Raceway in 2013. Burke has named Chris Page to drive this 8-1 morning-line competitor. #2 Cammikey has the highest win percentage of any starter in this year's edition. The son of Somebeachsomewhere has been victorious in 10 of 21 career races, taking a 1:49.4 (Mea 5/8) mark in 2014 and earning $252,037. The four year-old is owned by Cam Land LLC of Washington, Pennsylvania. Cammikey enters this race off three consecutive victories. He is conditioned by William Zendt. The Meadows regular and customary Cammikey driver Brian Zendt has been named to steer the 12-1 morning-line contender. #3 Luck Be Withyou sports career earnings of $738,176. He has 35 lifetime starts and 13 career victories. He is a four year-old son of Western Ideal with a lifetime mark of 1:48 (PcD 5/8). Luck Be Withyou is owned by John Craig of North York, Ontario, Canada and is trained by Chris Oaks. He has won three of his last four races and has been assigned a morning-line of 7-2. Ronnie Wrenn Jr. is making his first Battle appearance. Wrenn is Northfield Park's leading driver and won the national driving title in both 2013 and 2014. #4 Duc Dorleans will start for Canadian owners Gestion C. Levesque 2005 Inc. and Les Ecuries Dorleans Inc. of Quebec. He has 25 career victories in 75 lifetime starts. This five year-old son of Shanghai Phil has career earnings of $487,418 and sports a 1:49 (PPK 5/8) lifetime mark. With eight firsts already in 2015, Duc Dorleans has more wins this year than any of his Battle contenders. This 12-1 morning line selection is trained by Marie Dupont and will be driven by Daniel Dube. #5 Foiled Again is attempting to become the first horse to win this event three times and is making his seventh Battle of Lake Erie appearance. He won in 2009 and 2011, finished third in 2010 and was second in 2012. Ron Burke trains the gelding son of Dragon Again for owners Burke Racing Stable of Fredricktown, PA, Weaver Bruscemi of Canonsburg, PA and JJK Stables of Fort Lauderdale, FL. Foiled Again has garnered 83 career victories and has been in the money 173 times in 228 career starts, earning a mark of 1:48 (PcD 5/8) and earnings of $6,925,031. Those career earnings rank him as the richest pacer in history. Former Northfield standout Matt Kakaley is scheduled to pilot this 4-1 third favorite. #6 Big Boy Dreams is owned by Robert Hamather of Exeter, Ontario, Canada, Rene Allard of Milford, Pennsylvania and Mary Lou Poliseno of Hartly, Delaware. The four year-old son of If I Can Dream has 30 career starts with 12 wins. He earned a 1:49.4 (PcD 5/8) lifetime mark and has career earnings of $517,342. Big Boy Dreams enters this race off two straight wins, posting that lifetime mark in his most recent performance. Rene Allard trains Big Boy Dreams and calls upon North America's leading driver, Aaron Merriman, to pilot. Merriman has won more races than any other driver over Northfield Park's Flying Turns. Big Boy Dreams ships in as a 9-2 morning-line starter. #7 State Treasurer, one of three millionaires in this Battle field, is the 5-2 slight morning-line favorite. He enters off two straight wins, the $120,000 Molson Pace at Western Fair on May 29 being is his most recent victory. State Treasurer has 75 lifetime starts and 23 career victories. The six year-old son of Real Desire brings a lifetime mark of 1:48.1 (Moh 7/8) and career earnings of $1,016,103. He is owned by Sally MacDonald of Souris, Prince Edward Island, Canada and Paul MacDonald of Toronto, Ontario, Canada and is trained by Ian Moore. Hall of Famer and Buckeye native David Miller drives. #8 Night Pro, 20-1, was the runner-up in the 2014 edition of the Battle. He has a 1:49 (HoP 7/8) lifetime mark and earnings of $510,549. He is the son of Pro Bono Bests (sire of Bono Bests, 2008 Battle of Lake Erie champion). His dam, Midnight Jewel, was an accomplished race mare at Northfield Park and throughout the Midwest. This five year-old has won 30 of 51 career starts and is six of 10 this year. Night Pro won his career debut here in a $2,000 NW1 in 1:57.4 in March, 2013. Dale Decker of Temperance, Michigan owns and trains Night Pro. Greg Grismore has been given the driving assignment. Ayers Ratliff  

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