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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  

Clear Vision and Foiled Again will go to the gate at Northfield Park this Friday as former winners of the Battle of Lake Erie. However, they face six strong harness racing competitors attempting to garner a Battle score of their own. State Treasurer drew post 7 and has been named the 5-2 slight morning-line favorite in this year's $175,000 Battle field by Northfield Park Executive Vice President of Racing and Simulcasting, Dave Bianconi. Entering Friday's race off two consecutive victories, he attracts national star and Buckeye native David Miller to drive. State Treasurer won the $120,000 Molson Pace at Ontario's Western Fair on May 29 in 1:51. He has career earnings of $1,016,103 with a 1:48.1 lifetime mark on Mohawk's 7/8's mile track. Clear Vision, last year's Battle winner, has drawn the rail in his quest to repeat in 2015. He is 8-1 on the morning line. Clear Vision has been second or third in six of 10 starts this year but has yet to visit the winner's circle. He has 29 lifetime scores and has earned $2,346,732. Foiled Again drew post 6 and is the 4-1 third choice. He will make his unprecedented seventh Battle appearance. Friday will reveal if he is successful in becoming the first horse in Northfield Park history to win the event three times. The 11 year-old son of Dragon Again (2000 Battle Champion) won in 2009 and 2011, joining Jaguar Spur (winner in 1988 and 1989), Peruvian Hanover (2002 and 2003) and Maltese Artist (2005 and 2007) as the only four horses to win the Battle of Lake Erie twice. Foiled Again became a Battle of Lake Erie champion before five of this year's competitors were even born. He has paced his last two times behind the gate in 1:51 at The Meadowlands. Both were qualifiers in the aftermath of a five-week layoff for minor throat surgery for an entrapped epiglottis. Foiled Again is trained by Ronald Burke and has garnered 83 career victories and earnings of $6,925,031, ranking him as the richest pacer in the history of harness racing. The 2015 Battle of Lake Erie field:     Horse                       Driver                        Trainer               M/L 1- Clear Vision      Chris Page              Ron Burke 8-1 2- Cammikey           Brian Zendt            William Zendt 12-1 3- Luck Be Withyou  Ronnie Wrenn Jr.    Chris Oakes 7-2 4- Duc Dorleans       Daniel Dube        Marie Dupont 15-1 5- Foiled Again          Matt Kakaley       Ron Burke 4-1 6- Big Boy Dreams     Aaron Merriman     Rene Allard 9-2 7- State Treasurer      David Miller       Ian Moore 5-2 8- Night Pro               TBA                         Dale Decker 20-1 Since its inception in 1986, the Battle of Lake Erie has drawn the very best veteran pacers in North America. Past Battle Champions include racing greats Falcon Seelster, Quite A Sensation, Jaguar Spur, Dorunrun Bluegrass, Cambest, Riyadh, Gallo Blue Chip and Maltese Artist. Powerful Undercard This year's Battle of Lake Erie program carries total purses of $456,500. The 15-race program boasts an impressive undercard featuring five $40,000 divisions of Ohio Sires Stakes for three year-old filly pacers and trotters. Superfecta wagering has been added to Friday's 11th race, the Battle 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 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 all of 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. Ayers Ratliff  

This Saturday at the Northfield Park harness racing track you can watch and wager on the 147th running of the Belmont Stakes. Does Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner American Pharoah have what it takes to become the 12th winner of Thoroughbred Racing's Triple Crown? Doors open early at 10:30 AM with the first race on the Belmont undercard scheduled for 11:35 AM. Advance wagering on the Belmont will be available, and simulcast signals from over 40 other tracks will be offered for wagering. Enjoy a donut and coffee for just $1 while you handicap the day's big races. The donut and coffee special will be available beginning at 10:30 AM while supplies last. Join Bob "Railbird" Roberts and Track Announcer Ayers Ratliff at 11:00 AM for a FREE handicapping seminar outside on the grandstand apron. Bob and Ayers will give their picks and analysis on the entire Belmont card. Seminar attendees will be eligible to win a host of great door prizes. Visit some of Northeast Ohio's gourmet food trucks on the outdoor apron from 12-7 PM including The Nosh Box, Seti's Polish Boys, Get Stuffed Mobile Eatery, The Spread, The Beachcomber and The Crooked Kettle Popcorn Company. Plus, enjoy live music by Monica Robins and the Whisky Kings from 2-5 PM and Unknown Reason from 5-8 PM. ESPN Cleveland will be on site from 12-3 PM for a live broadcast and the Street Team from 4-6 PM. Stop by the WGAR booth from 3-5 PM to Scan-N-Win with Brian Fowler and visit Desiray from Cleveland's Star 102 FM with Stop, Drop and Win Plinko from 4-6 PM. Player's Club Members can enter the $2,000 Belmont Handicapping Contest beginning with race four; top prize is $1,000 cash! In addition, Northfield Park will offer prize drawings throughout the afternoon. Fans will fill out an entry blank to deposit in the contest bin located in the center of the grandstand. Names will be drawn randomly throughout the day to play Plinko for Prizes! Fans can win cash, gift cards, $100 Win Wagers on the Belmont Stakes, sporting event tickets and more including the grand prize of $5,000 cash! FREE admission and FREE parking every day at Northfield Park. Sunburned Vern Scores 50th Career Win Sunburned Vern paced home for his 50th career victory, winning the second race at Northfield Park on Tuesday (June 2). The 10 year-old veteran, with 283 career starts, also has 36 seconds and 40 third place finishes. Sunburned Vern (Stand Forever-Sunset Melody-Western Hanover) has career earnings of $165,877 with a lifetime mark of 1:54.1 at Pocono Downs at age five. The pacer's richest win was for a purse of $8,500 in a conditioned race at Pocono Downs in 2009. Sunburned Vern is a well-traveled campaigner -- his 50 wins have been spread across 15 different racing surfaces. Sunburned Vern started from post five. His competition set fractions of :27.3, :56.4 and 1:26.2. He kicked from the back in the final quarter and bested his competition by three-quarters of a length in 1:55.4. He returned $8.80 to win. Rosy Weaver of Beach City, Ohio owns and trains Sunburned Vern. Robin Miller was aboard for the winning drive. Ayers Ratliff  

Lease Ness Monster won her third straight $13,000 Fillies and Mares Open on Thursday (May 28) at Northfield Park. David Waltz of Clayton, Michigan owns the pacer with her trainer Matthew Waltz, also of Clayton. Ronnie Wrenn Jr. was aboard for the winning drive. Lease Ness Monster (Lease On Life-Sheza Hot Monster-Mark Johnathan) was assigned post eight. She fired off the gate and led her competition through fractions of :27.2, :56.1, 1:24.3 and 1:53.1. There was never an anxious moment for the winner, who bested her competition by a full length. Completing the race were So Long My Love, Wild Dream, Schmatie, Prima Dragon, Get Your Armor, Cadie's Gotta Gun, Power Everywhere and Hot Mandy. Lease Ness Monster now has five wins in 13 starts this year. Thursday's victory represents her ninth career score and bolstered her bankroll to $78,368. She returned $6.80 to win. Not only did Wrenn win the featured event of the night, he scored five more times on the 15-race program. Ayers Ratliff    

Indiana Cam prevailed in Northfield Park's feature race on Tuesday (May 26) when he captured the $17,500 Spring Break Series Final. The harness racing gelded sophomore is trained by Ron Steck, who also owns the pacer with Bruce Soulsby. Keith Kash Jr. was aboard for the winning drive. Indiana Cam (Majestic Blue-One Fine Cam-Camluck) was the benefactor of three breaking rivals at different points in the mile, including both 4-5 favorites. He started from post three and was third approaching the :27.4 opening quarter, when the horse sitting second made a break, advancing Indiana Cam to the garden spot. He remained in the pocket through the :57.2 half. Starting up the backstretch the horse on the lead made a break. Indiana Cam inherited the front and maintained the lead through times of 1:26.1 and 1:56. He was 1 ½-lengths in front at the wire. Completing the race were Fan Of Terror, Stonebridge Saga, Bold Secret, Stirling Cyclone, Nashville Bound, Major Monte and JM'sDukeofdelight. Tuesday's win was Indiana Cam's first victory this year in five starts. It bolstered his career win tally to three and his lifetime earnings to $20,682. He returned $30.00 to win. Ayers Ratliff

Graceful Beauty captured the $17,500 final of the harness racing Wallflower Series on Thursday (May 21) at Northfield Park. She is owned and trained by Adam Short of Archbold, Ohio. Ronnie Wrenn Jr. was in the sulky. The five year-old pacing mare had competed in three legs of the Wallflower Series leading up to Thursday's final. She proved herself to be a true force for her competition by posting two victories and a third place finish in those legs. Graceful Beauty (Rocknroll Hanover-Mango Hanover-Big Towner) started from post two. She led her competition at every call through fractions of :27.2, :56.4, 1:27.3 and 1:57.1, besting her competition by 1 ¾-lengths. Completing the race were Winemen Dine Me, Yourplaceormine, APP Panda, Feelin Outragous, Lucky L and Dream Roll. Thursday's win was the fourth victory this year in seven starts. That quintuplet of wins this season also represents her career. Her lifetime earnings now stand at $34,432. She was heavily favored and returned $2.80 to win. Ayers Ratliff

Jason Thompson scored the 1,000th win of his driving career while driving Miss Riley in Northfield Park's opening race on Monday (May 18). They returned $14.60 to win after sitting the pocket and using a stretch kick to win, stopping the clock at 1:57. The time represents a new lifetime mark for the five year-old harness racing trotting mare. Thompson became interested in racing at an early age. He often rode with his grandfather John Dyer to various tracks to watch harness racing. Jason's first job in the industry was cleaning stalls for Sophie Zubkoff (Twaddle). Jason drove his first race in 1996 and finished seventh at the Paulding County Fair behind Pleasant Jerry in a $2,000 claiming race. 36-year-old Thompson remembers his first win as being aboard Mr Morris in 1997 at the Van Wert County Fair in a $1,000 overnight event. Mike Wolfe was the largest mentor to Thompson when he began driving regularly. "Mike gave me a lot of good advice and pointers," said Thompson. "He helped me and taught me a lot." Thompson credits the best horse he has ever driven as being Midnight Jewel. His fastest win was aboard Tug River Claude at Colonial Downs in 1:51.2. To date, Jason Thompson has not only won 1,000 races but has earned purses totaling over $3.5M. In addition to driving on a nightly basis, Thompson trains a stable of three horses with his long-time girlfriend Kerry Merriman. Ayers Ratliff

Northfield Park has announced the dates of four Iron Maiden Late Closing Series. These series offer increased 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 4/30/2015). 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 10 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 15. Conditions for the series can be found at The link is under the "For Horsemen" tab located on Northfield's homepage. Ayers Ratliff

Harness racing driver Sam Schillaci scored the 3,000th win of his driving career aboard Pay The Winner in Northfield Park's opening race on Monday evening (May 4). They boldly loomed from far back to pass their rivals, besting the competition by eight and ¼-lengths in 1:58 over a sloppy surface. Sam grew up in the horse business. His father owned harness horses and his uncle and cousin were trainers. Schillaci, 52, drove his first race in in 1979 behind the pacing mare Jenny Roe Gill. She was not only his first drive, but was also the first horse that returned to the winner's circle sporting Schilliaci's maroon and gold colors. Schillaci's richest win was aboard Memphis Flash in the 1998 edition of the $215,300 Cleveland Classic at Northfield Park. Sam credits Memphis Flash as being the best horse he has ever driven. Teeth Of The Dog posted Schillaci's fastest win in August, 2000 when he won the $11,000 Invitational Pace in 1:51.3. Sam's drives have amassed over $11 million in purse earnings. Having been involved with harness racing all his life, Sam does a lot more than just catch drive at Northfield Park. The Macedonia, Ohio resident works very hard and has turned the sport into a way of life. He trains a stable of 32 horses with Jodi, his wife of 15 years. "I have not driven a whole lot for most of the last decade," stated Schillaci. "I had lost most of my interest in driving for the most part, but with racing coming back like it has and the nice purses here at Northfield I have regained my interest and passion. I am now looking forward to my 4,000th win." Ayers Ratliff

Ronnie Wrenn Jr., winner of more races than any other harness racing driver in North America in both 2013 and 2014 was at it again on Monday (April 20) at Northfield Park. He won four races on the 15-race program including both the $13,000 Open Pace and $13,000 Open Trot. Rockin Finish was impressive in winning the evening's Open Pace. Virgil Morgan Jr. trains the six year-old gelding for Canadian owner Gerrie Tucker. Rockin Finish (Rocknroll Hanover - Please Me Please - Camluck) started from the far outside and was parked every step while his competition carved stiff fractions of :26.2, :55.1 and 1:23.4. Rockin Finish struck the lead in the stretch and bested his competition by a half-length, in 1:53.4. Completing the race were Fancy Creek Elusive, Hotunderthecollar, Action Metro Max, Solar Surprise and Artist Night. Espen De Vie did not finish. Monday's triumph was the fourth win in 13 starts this year for Rockin Finish. It increased his lifetime win tally to 25 and his earnings to $376,947. He returned $17.60 to win. Victory Is Coming was the winner of the weekly Open Trot. Betty and John Shaw own the eight year-old. Ammon Hershberger conditions the buckeye-bred trotting mare. Victory Is Coming (Victory Sam - Norse Comer - Overcomer) left alertly from post four and led her competition at every call. She set well-rated fractions of :28.1, :58, 1:27.1 and 1:55.4 and was 2 1/2-lengths in front at the finish. Completing the race were Edit, Julians Caesar, Easy Strength, Zorgwijk Mercedes, Viewlander, Kirty Dream and Mama Made Me Blue. Victory Is Coming now has three wins in seven starts this year, 53 career successes and a bankroll of $584,595. She was the heavy favorite and paid $2.80 to win. Ayers Ratliff  

Northfield Park has a limited number of open stalls on the backstretch that are available for harness racing stables with qualified racehorses. Northfield's backstretch offers access to training on the main track, plus an additional jogging track, an equine swimming pool and grooms dormitories. Stall rent is free for stables that average two starts per stall per month at Northfield. Northfield offers year-round racing with ever-increasing purses that currently average $90,000 per program. Interested parties should contact Northfield's race office at 330-467-4101 ext. 2300 or e-mail Exec. V.P. of Racing & Simulcasting Dave Bianconi at Stall applications are available at under the "horsemen" tab. Ayers Ratliff

Northfield Park is announcing the addition of a $10,000 Pick-5 total pool guarantee to Wednesday's (March 18) harness program. Beginning in Race 3, the $10,000 Pick-5 guaranteed total pool includes a carryover of $2,088.50. 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

Despite driving in arctic temperatures, Ronnie Wrenn Jr. kept hot hands throughout Northfield Park's 15-race harness racing program on Thursday (February 26). Wrenn piloted seven winners on the card. Wrenn's scores included South Beach Babe ($4.80) in race two, Rosy Fire ($3.80) in race five, Kayleigh's Future ($5.80) in race six, Bella Knight ($3.20) in race seven, Eyewitness Account ($6.20) in race nine, Sweetheart Dance ($3.20) in race 11 and Machnazetrois ($13.20) in race 12. Wrenn, 28, began driving in 2008 and has since garnered over 2,300 career victories. He is approaching $9.3M in total purse earnings. Wrenn has posted 84 victories so far this year over Northfield's Flying Turns, placing him second in the local driving ranks behind Aaron Meriman (104). Ryan Stahl (35), Jason Merriman (34) and Kurt Sugg (30) complete Northfield's top-five drivers. Northfield Park Adds $20,000 Pick-4 Total Pool Guarantee to Monday's Card Northfield Park is announcing the addition of a $20,000 Pick-4 total pool guarantee to Monday's (March 2) program. Beginning in Race 8, the $20,000 Pick-4 guaranteed total pool includes a carryover of $4,070.84. Northfield's Pick 5, Pick 4 and the Pick 3's offer a reduced takeout rate of just 14 percent. Monday's post time is 6:00 p.m. Ayers Ratliff

Activator paced home for his 50th harness racing career victory, winning the 4th race at Northfield Park on Tuesday (February 17). The 14 year-old veteran has 351 career starts, winning 50, and finishing second and third 50 and 58 times respectively. Activator (Western Hanover - Something Electric - Artsplace) has impressive career earnings of $871,328 and a lifetime mark of 1:49.4 at Meadowlands Racetrack at age four. The pacer's richest win was for a purse of $44,180 in an Open Pace at Mohawk Raceway in 2008. Activator is a well-traveled campaigner -- his 50 wins have been spread across 16 different racing surfaces. Activator started from post nine and rode the rail while his competition set fractions of :28.1, :57.3 and 1:27.3. He found room in the stretch and bested his competition by a quarter-length in 1:57.3. Activator was the race favorite and returned $3.20 to win. Preston Kinsey of Clayton, Delaware owns Activator. His trainer Scot Davidson called upon Ronnie Wrenn Jr. for the winning drive. Davidson currently holds the highest UTRS (.611) of all conditioners in North America so far in 2015. Ayers Ratliff

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