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Like Old Times crossed the finish as the fastest 5-year-old and up trotting mare on a half-mile track in the history of harness racing when she won Monday's $14,000 Open Trot at Northfield Park in 1:53. The record was formerly held in a three-way tie by Mystical Sunshine (Daniel Dube, 2007, Delaware Co. Fair), Autumn Escapade (David Miller, 2010, Delaware Co. Fair) and Victory Is Coming (Ronnie Wrenn Jr., 2015, Northfield Park) in 1:53.2. Keith Ross of Bellefontaine, Ohio owns Like Old Times. Northfield Park Wall of Famer, Don Mc Kirgan, is her conditioner and Peter Wrenn was in the sulky for the winning drive. Like Old Times (Chip Chip Hooray-Royal Two-Royal Troubador) started from post four. She left from the gate and sat the pocket through fractions of :27.2, :56.1 and 1:24.1. Wrenn moved Like Old Times in the final turn and she took the lead in the stretch, besting her competition by two lengths. Like Old Times now has 26 career victories and a bankroll of $458,180. She returned $8.40 to win. Earlier in the evening Peter Wrenn broke another record when he won with Shakewhatmamagaveu in 1:53.4 in the $40,000 2nd leg, 4th div Ohio Sires Stakes for freshman filly pacers. This clocking broke the track record of 1:54 formerly held by Glorious Intent (Chris Page, 2016). The record performance came in Shakewhatmamagaveu's second lifetime start. Ron Steck trains this promising filly for Don and Marcia Brake of Marysville, Ohio. Ayers Ratliff

Crazy Wow trotted home a harness racing winner in Saturday's $185,000 Cleveland Trotting Classic, dethroning last year's champion Obrigado, and continues to march through the national FFA trotting ranks. The son of Crazed entered the Classic off consecutive victories in the $150,000 Maxie Lee Invitational at Harrah's Philadelphia and the $200,000 Charlie Hill Memorial Trot at Scioto Downs, scoring in both by leading his competition from gate to wire. Crazy Wow showed versatility by flying past his competition in a thrilling stretch drive to win by ½-length in 1:52.3. The impressive clocking equaled the all-age trotting track record at Northfield Park. Crazy Wow ($9.40) started from post two and sat second behind Obrigado (Mark MacDonald) through solid fractions of :26.4, :56 and 1:24.1. Race favorite, Resolve (Ake Svanstedt) sustained a strong first-over bid and was slightly in front through the final turn, allowing Crazy Wow enough room to shift to the outside. "The trip worked out perfect. I got to loom the danger the whole way," said winning driver Chris Page. "When I got him out he showed he was a real horse and knew what to do." The race time replaces the 1:53.2 time of 2015 Cleveland Trotting Classic winner Daylon Magician (Jack Moiseyev) as the fastest mile ever on the Flying Turns for a five year-old and up trotting horse, and equaled the all-age Northfield trotting record of Muscle Up The Goal (Aaron Merriman). Saturday's win is Crazy Wow's third win this year and 18th lifetime score, increasing his bankroll to $1,865,064 for owners Our Horse Cents Stables, Stable 45, J&T Silva Stables and Deo Volente Farms and trainer Ron Burke. Completing the $185,000 Cleveland Trotting Classic were Resolve, Obrigado, Maestro Blue Chip, Il Sogno Dream, Fly Jesse Fly and Will Take Charge. Homicide Hunter was scratched from the event due to sickness. "He (Crazy Wow) is having a great 2017 campaign," explained Page. "I look for a very, very big year from this horse." Ayers Ratliff

Due to a heavy storm that forced the cancellation of live harness racing at Northfield Park on Wednesday, June 14, date changes are being announced to the trotting divisions of the Iron Maiden Series.  The scheduled opening legs of the series for both filly & mare and colt & gelding trotters were also washed away as part of the June 14 program.  All three legs and the Finals for both of the Iron Maiden Series' for trotters will be pushed back one week.  The revamped schedule is now: 1st Leg - Wednesday, June 21 2nd Leg - Wednesday, June 28 3rd Leg - Wednesday, July 5 Final - Wednesday, July 12 Northfield will make every effort to contact the trainers of each nominated horse.  Due to possible stakes conflicts that the date changes could cause, the connections of each nominated trotter will be given the option of withdrawing from the series and getting back their $200 entry fee.  Please notify Northfield's race office (330-467-4101) by 9 AM on Friday, June 16 (the time entries are due for what will now be Leg 1 of the series'), if you wish to withdraw your nomination. These changes to the trotting series will have no effect on the Iron Maiden Series for pacers, which will continue as previously scheduled.  Ayers Ratliff

Herbie L trotted home for his 50th career victory, winning the 4th race at Northfield Park on Tuesday (June 6). The nine year-old harness racing veteran, with 248 career starts, also has 30 seconds and 29 third place finishes. Herbie L (Pegasus Spur-Phar Khan-Rule The Wind) has career earnings of $220,983 with a lifetime mark of 1:55.3 at Woodbine Racetrack at age four. The trotter's richest win was in a $16,160 Conditioned Trot at Woodbine Racetrack in 2012. Herbie L is a well-traveled campaigner -- his 50 wins have been spread across 26 different racing surfaces. Herbie L started from post-2 and led his competition at every call through fraction of :28.1, :58.2, 1:27.3 and 1:58.2. Despite a late rush from the runner-up, Herbie L bested his competition by a neck. He returned $18.60 to win. Calvin Hollar trains Herbie L for owner Le Van Stables of Woodstock, Ohio. Robin Miller was aboard for the winning drive. Ayers Ratliff

All Bets Off won Saturday's $200,000 Battle of Lake Erie at Northfield Park, making him only the second horse to win both a Carl Milstein Memorial and a Battle of Lake Erie, two of the track's prestigious harness racing Grand Circuit events. Wiggle It Jiggleit accomplished the same feat. All Bets Off (Bettor's Delight - Armbro Penelope - Dexter Nukes) is owned by the partnership of Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Frank Baldachino and Panhellenic Stable. He is trained by Ron Burke. Matt Kakaley had the winning drive. As the gate pulled away from the stellar Battle field, Luck Be Withyou and Aaron Merriman rushed to the front, setting wicked-fast fractions of :26, :52.4 and 1:20.3. "I figured the race would rock and roll early. I thought I should get away mid-pack and cross my fingers," said Kakaley. "The trip worked out perfectly for us." All Bets Off started from post four and made a three-wide bid late in the third panel to make the front and best his competition by 2¼-lengths, stopping the clock at 1:49.2. The time represents a new track record for five and up pacing horses. The former 1:50.4 mark was set in 2002 by Western Millennium and Walter Case, Jr. "All Bets Off is a special horse to me and has really helped further my career to a place I'm not sure it would be without him," offered Kakaley. "This win feels good." Saturday's win marks the 25th score for All Bets Off in 86 career races and increases his bankroll to $2,372,503. All Bets Off Ayers Ratliff  

Northfield Park hosted the $200,000 Battle of Lake Erie on Saturday (June 3), and for the first year since 2009 Foiled Again did not compete in the race. However, he still stole the harness racing spotlight. After competing on the undercard, finishing fifth in the $20,000 Open Pace, the richest horse in the history of harness racing came to the grandstand apron to greet the public and pose for selfies with his fans. Foiled Again, 13, has career earnings of $7,522,128 and has won 94 races so far in his career. Three of those wins have come in Northfield's Battle of Lake Erie, making him the only three-peat winner of the event. Executive Vice President of Racing and Simulcasting, Dave Bianconi, and Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association Track Representative, Amy Hollar, presented a plaque to part-owner Mark Weaver recognizing Team Burke and Foiled Again's historic contributions to Northfield Park. Ayers Ratliff

Northfield Park is announcing the addition of a $50,000 Pick-4 total pool guarantee on Saturdays (June 3rd) harness racing program. Beginning in Race 8, the $50,000 Pick-4 guaranteed total pool includes a carryover of $11,615.94. This Pick 4 will conclude with the $200,000 Battle of Lake Erie and is being offered as part of the Strategic Wagering Program through the United States Trotting Association. Northfield's Pick 5, Pick 4 and the Pick 3's offer a reduced takeout rate of just 14 percent. Saturday's post time is 6:00 p.m. Ayers Ratliff

Saturday's Battle of Lake Erie rivals have a combined 192 victories. Northfield Park's 11th race features a competitive harness racing field of the sport's best open pacers and will reveal who earns the 193rd win. All Bets Off drew post 4 and has been named the 5-2 slight morning-line favorite by Northfield Park Executive Vice President of Racing and Simulcasting, Dave Bianconi. He attracts national driving star Matt Kakaley and is one of two entries in the field for the harness racing's leading trainer Ron Burke. All Bets Off makes his third local appearance. He won the inaugural $400,000 Carl Milstein Memorial in 2014 and was the runner-up (from post 8) in this event last year. He has career earnings of $2,272,503 and a 1:48.2 lifetime mark at Rosecroft's 5/8th mile oval. Luck Be Withyou enters this event off two consecutive victories and drew post 3. He has been given a 3-1 morning line. Saturday marks Luck Be Withyou's fourth start over the Flying Turns. He finished dead-heated for second in 2014 in the $400,000 Milstein and has been eighth and fourth in his two Battle attempts. Luck Be Withyou has a career bankroll of $1,339,741 and won a $500,000 Breeders Crown in 2013 and the $500,000 Ben Franklin in 2015. Guantanamo Bay drew the rail and is the 9-2 third choice. He and his driver, Vincent Ginsburg, both make their Northfield debuts. Guantanamo Bay has four wins this season and 14 career scores. He paced a lifetime best of 1:51.2 (Meadows 5/8) last year and has earned $278,538. 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. This will be the first year since 2009 that Foiled Again will not compete in this race. However, he is not ready to completely pass the torch and will be leading the post parade after competing in the $20,000 Open Pace on the undercard. Later in the evening he will greet fans from a special stall set up on the grandstand apron. Harness racing's richest horse, with $7,521,128 in earnings and 94 victories, loves people and is accustomed to fans who like to take selfies with him. The 2017 $200,000 Battle of Lake Erie field: Horse Driver Trainer M/L 1 - Guantanamo Bay -  by Somebeachsomewhere - Vincent Ginsburg - Daniel Renaud,  9-2 2 - Soto - by Rock N Roll Heaven - Art Stafford Jr. - Eric Ell,  6-1 3 - Luck Be Withyou - by Western Ideal - Aaron Merriman - Chris Oakes,  3-1 4 - All Bets Off  - by Bettor's Delight - Matt Kakaley - Ron Burke,  5-2 5 - Mr Wiggle Pants - By Mr Wiggles - Aaron Merriman - Scott McEneny, 5-1 6 - Night Pro - by Pro Bono Best - Ronnie Wrenn Jr. - Dale Decker, 12-1 7 - Rockin Ron - by Real Desire - Aaron Merriman - Ron Burke,  8-1 8 - Sunfire Blue Chip - by American Ideal - Mark MacDonald - Jimmy Takter,  10-1 *Final driver selections are due by 9PM on Tuesday. Superfecta wagering has been added to Friday's 11th race, the Battle feature. First race post time is 6:00 p.m. In addition to superior racing action, Battle night will also offer guests a sumptuous buffet in Lady Luck's clubhouse dining room from 6-9 p.m. 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 of the racing action can stop by the grandstand apron to visit Smash Time food truck and Crooked Kettle Popcorn. Live music by The Caliber Band will be part of the apron scene from 6-10 p.m. Scan and win with WGAR's Brian Fowler from 6-8 p.m. and play corn hole toss for prizes from 7-8 p.m. Battle night attendees will receive a bonus entry for the 60th Anniversary Car Giveaway making them eligible to win a 2017 Buick Cascada or a 2017 Honda CR-V. One lucky winner will be drawn randomly on Carl Milstein Memorial Night on August 12. Every summer has a story...start yours at Northfield Park! Ayers Ratliff

Beyonces Rockn crossed the finish line faster than any other harness racing mare in the history of Northfield Park when she won the $14,000 F&M Open Handicap in 1:51 on Saturday (May 27). The clocking formally broke the 1:52 record for five and up pacing mares, which was held by three different horses: Hidden Land (Don Irvine Jr.) from 2015, and Devil Child (David Miller) and Love Forbidden (Aaron Merriman) in 2016. The partnership of Burke Racing Stable LLC, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, M1 Stable LLC and RTC Stables Inc. own Beyonces Rockn. Ron Burke is her conditioner and Ryan Stahl was in the sulky for the winning drive. Beyonces Rockn (Rock N Roll Heaven-Im Betting On You-Bettor's Delight) started from post seven. She left from the gate and sat fourth through the initial :27.1 quarter. Stahl moved her coming to the half. She brushed to the front and never looked back through times of :56.1, 1:23 and 1:51, besting her competition by 12 ¾-lengths. Beyonces Rockn now has seven wins in 19 starts this year. Saturday's victory represents her 16th career score and bolstered her bankroll to $178,492. She was heavily favored and returned $2.60 to win. Beyonces Rockn Ayers Ratliff

Northfield Park has announced the dates of four Iron Maiden Late Closing Series. These series offer increased harness 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 5/14/2017). 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 May 26. Conditions for the series can be found at www.northfieldpark.com. The link is located on Northfield's homepage. Ayers Ratliff  

Northfield Park is announcing the addition of a harness racing $40,000 Pick-4 total pool guarantee on Tuesday (May 23rd). Beginning in Race 8, the $40,000 Pick-4 guaranteed total pool includes a carryover of $9,442.41. This wager is being offered as part of the Strategic Wagering Program through the United States Trotting Association. 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

Always Dreaming, whose ownership group includes several Clevelanders won this year's Kentucky Derby. The three-year-old horse was perfectly named for a northeast Ohio police officer who wagered just $24 on a superfecta box at Northfield Park and collected a whopping $75,974.50. Northfield Park is the place to be this Saturday, May 20, for the 142nd 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, accompanied by simulcasting action both day and night from over 40 tracks across the U.S., Canada and Australia. Don't miss out on reserving a 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 track announcer Ayers Ratliff for a Pimlico Racecourse handicapping seminar which begins at 11:00 am. The seminar is FREE and will offer a host of door prizes for attendees. Visit Northeast Ohio's finest food trucks outside on the trackside apron to satisfy your hunger. The trucks 216 Bistro, Beachcomber, Crooked Kettle Popcorn, Firehouse Pizza Truck, and Seti's Polish Boys will be on-site from 12-7 pm offering delicious gourmet food items while you listen to live music by The Benjaminz (1:30-3:30 PM), The Attraxxion (4-6 PM), and Unknown Reason (7-10 PM). Plus, stop by and play games at tables sponsored by ESPN Cleveland, WZAK and WMJI. Players Club members can enter the FREE $2,000 Pimlico Handicapping Contest beginning with race four. The top prize is $1,000 cash! If you're not a Players Club member, simply join that day to play instantly. Northfield Park will also offer prize drawings throughout the day. Just fill out the entry blank that you receive when you enter 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. After the Preakness Party, stick around for a night of live racing with a first race post time of 6 PM. Free admission and FREE parking every day at Northfield Park.   Watch and Wager at Northfield Park!   Ayers Ratliff  

Northfield Park is announcing the addition of a $50,000 20¢ Super High Five total pool guarantee to Saturday's (May 6th) harness racing program. Offered in Race 13, the $30,000 20¢ Super High Five guaranteed total pool includes a carryover of $15,654.14. Northfield's 20¢ Super High Five offers a reduced takeout rate of just 14 percent. This wager is being offered as part of the Strategic Wagering Program through the United States Trotting Association. Saturday's post time is 6:00 p.m. Ayres Ratliff  

Wind Surfer trotted home for his 50th career victory, winning the 10th race at Northfield Park on Wednesday (April 5). The 12 year-old harness racing veteran, with 277 career starts, also has 44 seconds and 40 third place finishes. Wind Surfer (Muscles Yankee-Windsurfing VC-Balanced Image) has career earnings of $946,612 with a lifetime mark of 1:53.4 at The Meadows at age four. The trotter's richest win was in a $52,000 Open Trot at Yonkers Raceway in 2011. Wind Surfer is a well-traveled campaigner -- his 50 wins have been spread across six different racing surfaces in four states. Wind Surfer started from the post-5. He was content near the back while his competition posted fractions of :28.3, :57.4 and 1:27.3, before rallying in the stretch to best his nearest competitor by 1½-lenths in 1:58. He returned $7.00 to win. Kent Sherman trains Wind Surfer for owner Betty Sherman of Elmore, Ohio. Ryan Stahl was aboard for the winning drive.   $4,894.80 Carryover Sparks $15,000 Guaranteed Pick-5 Total Pool Saturday at Northfield Park Northfield Park is announcing the addition of a $15,000 Pick-5 total pool guarantee on Saturday (April 8th). Beginning in Race 3, the $15,000 Pick-5 guaranteed total pool includes a carryover of $4,894.80. This wager is being offered as part of the Strategic Wagering Program through the United States Trotting Association. Northfield’s Pick 5, Pick 4 and the Pick 3’s offer a reduced takeout rate of just 14 percent.    Saturday’s post time is 6:00 p.m. Ayers Ratliff  

Harness racing driver Ryan Stahl scored the 4,000th win of his career aboard This Baby Rocks in Northfield Park's sixth race on Monday (March 20) by firing off the gate and fending off all challengers. This Baby Rocks maintained a nose advantage over his closest rival at the wire, successfully pacing his mile in 1:54.2. Stahl's richest win came in a $100,000 Ohio Sire Stakes Final and he has won six Sire Stakes Finals. The native of Republic, Ohio rates the most exciting horse he has ever driven as being Hypnotic Blue Chip, in the 2011 Battle of Lake Erie. "It was an honor to drive a world-class horse like him," said Stahl. The 39-year-old Stahl remembers his first win as being aboard a trotting filly named Lojos Sharp Baby, at the Oak Harbor (Ohio) Fairgrounds. "That win came about a week after I got my license," Stahl recalled. With 4,000 to choose from, Stahl says that his most memorable win came aboard Podges Lady, in the 2012 edition of the Courageous Lady. "It is a signature race here at Northfield and it really meant a lot," offered Stahl. Ryan started driving at the age of 14 and appreciates his success so far; accomplishing the 4,000-win milestone and having driven the winners of nearly $15.5 million. Stahl has been married for almost two years to Nichole. The couple has two children, a son Owen, and daughter Sonny. The family resides on an 80-acre farm in Republic, Ohio and trains a stable of 12 horses. "Nichole is simply the best and does so much to keep our family, horses and farm going," explained Stahl. "I am only able to come to the track and drive on a nightly basis because of what she does to manage everything with our stable and family."   $9,381.52 Carryover Sparks $40,000 Guaranteed Pick-4 Total Pool Tuesday at Northfield Park Northfield Park is announcing the addition of a $40,000 Pick-4 total pool guarantee on Tuesday (March 21st).  Beginning in Race 8, the $40,000 Pick-4 guaranteed total pool includes a carryover of $9,381.52.  This wager is being offered as part of the Strategic Wagering Program through the United States Trotting Association. 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  

Longshot harness racing bettors were ecstatic while the horses crossed the finish of Northfield Park's 10th race on Tuesday (January 17) when #8 Arrow rocketed from the back to win at odds of 60-1. Growth Opportunities, LLC of North Canton, Ohio owns the five year-old pacer. Dean Santantonio trains Arrow and called upon Sam Schillaci for the winning drive. Tuesday's triumph was Arrow's first win this year in three starts and represents his eighth lifetime score. Arrow was followed across the wire by #6 Village Jackson (2-1), #2 Battle Call (2-1) and #4 Moreland Flash (50-1). Arrow returned $123.00 to win; the 8-6 Exacta paid $502.00; the 8-6-2 Trifecta returned $1,831.60; and the 8-6-2-4 20¢ Superfecta paid $695.65. Arrow's win came as the third leg of the evening's $1 Pick 4 which returned a whopping $13,854.50. Although his horse was scratched from race 10 and did not compete against the evening's richest winner, driver Jason Merriman made six trips to the winner's circle on Tuesday's 15-race program. Jason 's triumphs were with Lion Image ($17.20) in race one, Talladega Hanover ($5.80) in race three, Urlacker ($18.80) in race five, Wheres The Clicker ($6.60) in race seven, High Blue ($10.60) in race nine and Albert A' Scootin ($12.20) in race 13. Merriman won his first race in 2003, a $4,900 condition event in 1:59.3, at Pompano Park aboard I C U Talkin. Since breaking his maiden, Jason has scored 2,236 more times with purse earnings approaching $11 million. Ayers Ratlif

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