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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

Love Ignites trotted home for his fourth straight win Wednesday (February 25) in Northfield Park’s ninth race.  The five year-old gelding is owned by Mitchell Walker of Davison, Michigan and locally trained by Don Pfister.  Ronnie Wrenn Jr. was aboard for the winning drive.            Love Ignites started from post six and led at every call through fractions of :29, :58.4, 1:28.2 and 1:59.  The mile time equaled the trotter’s lifetime mark.  Love Ignites posted a dominant 5 ½-length margin of victory over his closest competitor, Belle’s Becky (David Lake).           Wednesday’s triumph was the ninth career success for Love Ignites (Sand Vic-Mon Amour Hall-Striking Sahbra) and increased his lifetime earnings to $21,623.  He was the race favorite and returned $4.40 to win. by Ayers Ratliff, for Northfield Park

Y Mach Me captured the $9,500 Fillies and Mares Open Pace on Thursday (February 20) in Northfield Park’s third race.  She is trained by Pat Karcher for owner Lucky Draw Racing Stable of Carey, Ohio.  Ronnie Wrenn Jr. was aboard for the winning drive.      Y Mach Me (Mach Three-Sunnie Corleone-Pacific Rocket) started from post four and was fourth through initial fractions of :28.2 and :59.1.  Wrenn made his move in the third panel and was second through the 1:29.2 three-quarters.  Y Mach Me struck the front in the final turn and bested her competition by 2-lengths in 1:57.4 over a sloppy surface.  Completing the race were Canaco Star, Shes Glorious, Eradikate, Crazy Luv Bug, Miss Two Punch and Special Lady D.    Thursday’s win was the 10 career victory for Y Mach Me and increased her bankroll to $50,054.  She returned $5.80 to win. Ayers Ratliff

Pembroke Snapshot was the winner of $9,500 Open Trot in Northfield Park’s opening race on Monday (February 17).  Johnny Yoder of Dundee, Ohio owns and trains the nine year-old trotter.  Aaron Merriman was aboard for the winning drive. Pembroke Snapshot (SJs Photo-Super Earl-Earl) started from post four and led at every call through fractions of :28.4, :58.4, 1:27.4 and 1:57.3.  Pembroke Snapshot easily handled his competition and was 2 ¾-lengths in front at the wire.  Completing the race were Kahoku, Arianna Hall, Hello Carlo, Easy Strength, Saintfrancis and Zorgwijk Heavenly.    Monday’s triumph increased Pembroke Snapshot’s lifetime win tally to 25 and his career earnings to $255,650.  He was the race favorite and returned $3.60 to win.  In the evening’s eighth race, Lyons Josephjnr captured the $10,000 Open Pace for owners Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC and trainer Ron Burke.  Northfield Park’s leading driver, Josh Sutton, picked up the win aboard the five year-old stallion. Lyons Josephjnr (Million Dollar Cam-Lyons Sure Sign-Life Sign) started from post seven and let his competition carve fractions of :28.1, :57.1 and 1:26.4 while facing strong wind and heavy snow.  Lyons Josephjnr bested his competition by a length, stopping the clock at 1:56.  Completing the race were Nathan Feelsgood, PL Dragon, Machel Angelo, Malosi N, Bestinthebusiness, Stevie Diamonds and Nabber Again.       Lyons Josephjnr now has 12 career successes. Monday’s victory pushed his bankroll to $187,651. He paid $19.60 to win. Ayers Ratliff  

Crazy Luv Bug captured the $9,500 Fillies and Mares Open Pace on Thursday (February 6) in Northfield Park’s third race.  She is trained by Paul Holzman for owner Ameer Najor of West Bloomfield, Michigan.  Aaron Merriman was aboard for the winning drive.      Crazy Luv Bug (American Ideal-Luv’s For Ever-Storm Damage) started from post four and was third through an initial quarter of :28.2.  Merriman tipped the mare to the outside in the second panel and she sustained a successful first over bid through times of :57.2, 1:26.1 and 1:55.2.  Crazy Lug Bug gamely bested her competition by ¾-length.  Completing the race were Canaco Star, Petite Courageuse, Hugs Again, Shes Glorious, Bubbler and Classic Sakuri.            Thursday’s win was the 18th of her career, and increased her bankroll to $213,258.  She was the race favorite and returned $4.20 to win. $35,000 Pick 5 on Monday Northfield Park is announcing the addition of a $35,000 Pick-5 total pool guarantee to Monday’s (February 10) program.  Beginning in Race 3, the $35,000 Pick-5 guaranteed total pool includes a carryover of $7,899.77. Northfield’s Pick 5, Pick 4 and the Pick 3’s offer a reduced takeout rate of just 14 percent.   by Ayers Ratliff, for Northfield Park

Near The Limit trotted home for his 50thj career victory, winning the 11th race at Northfield Park on Wednesday (February 5).  The classy veteran trotter has 222 career starts, winning 50 times, and finishing second and third 28 and 31 times respectively.  Near The Limit (Yankee Glide-Cardinal Lexie-Cooper Lobel) has career earnings of $361,542 and a lifetime mark of 1:54.1 at The Meadowlands at age four.  The trotter’s richest win was for a purse of $23,000 in a $50,000 claiming race at The Meadowlands in 2009.  His 50 wins have been spread across 10 different racing surfaces and four different states.         Near The Limit started from post six and virtually made every pole a winning one, posting fractions of :28.3, :57.4, 1:28 and 1:59.2.  He finished 1 ¼-lengths clear of his closest competitor, Smooth Power (Robin Miller).  Near The Limit returned $14.40 to win. Bert Dale Hershberger of Millersburg, Ohio owns Near The Limit.  Trainer Marvin Raber called upon JD Wengerd to drive for this milestone triumph.  The Raber/Wengerd connection teamed up for a repeat victory in the evening’s 12 race with veteran trotter Timer. by Ayers Ratliff, for Northfield Park

Classic Sakuri captured the $10,000 Fillies and Mares Open Pace on Saturday (February 1) in Northfield Park’s eighth.  She was one of two victories on the night for her trainer, Barry Langley.  Josh Sutton drove the eight year-old pacer for owners Lora Markley and Kiesha Malloy.    Classic Sakuri (Astreos-Spider Cam-Camluck) started from post five on a sloppy surface and was the benefactor of an early speed duel.  She was sat mid-pack through initial fractions of :27.3 and :57.  Sutton swept Classic Sakuri to the front in the third quarter and she never looked back.  Classic Sakuri maintained a 2 ½-length margin of victory and paced final fractions of 1:26.1 and 1:56.2   Completing the race were Canaco Star, Crazy Luv Bug, Eradikate, Sand Song, Hugs Again, Save My Dragon and Shes Glorious.             Saturday’s victory was Classic Sakuri’s 25 career success and increased her bankroll to $125,910.  She returned $8.40 to win. The Saturday feature was one of five wins on the night for Josh Sutton, who leads the initial Northfield Park 2014 driving standings.  Sutton’s other winners of the night included Alhambra Bokay ($5.00) in race three, Joe’s Miss Daisy ($3.60) in race four, African Violet ($7.00) in race six and Petite Courageuse ($4.20) in race nine.  Sutton, 31, began driving in 2000 and has since garnered 2,229 career victories and is approaching $13,000,000 in purse earnings. by Ayers Ratliff for Northfield Park

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