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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

Northfield Park is announcing the addition of a $25,000 Super High Five total pool guarantee on Monday harness racing program (January 16th). Offered in Race 13, the $25,000 Super High Five guaranteed total pool includes a carryover of $5,847.88. This wager is being offered as part of the Strategic Wagering Program through the United States Trotting Association. Monday's post time is 6:00 p.m. Ayers Ratlif

Northfield Park is announcing the addition of a $50,000 Pick-5 total pool guarantee on Saturday (January 14th). Beginning in Race 3, the $50,000 Pick-5 guaranteed total pool includes a carryover of $15,549.31. 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. by Ayers Ratliff, for Northfield Park

Harness racing longshot players were celebrating after the horses crossed the finish of Northfield Park's seventh race on Tuesday (January 10) when #6 Son Ofa Spur swooped from the back to win at odds of 49-1. Colt N Filly Stable of Medina, Ohio owns the 12 year-old trotter. Kurt Sugg trains Son Ofa Spur and was aboard for the winning drive. Tuesday's triumph was Son Ofa Spur's first win this year in two starts and represents his 40th lifetime score. Son Ofa Spur was followed across the wire by #1 Bad Cantab (9-5), #2 Wind Surfer (1-1) and #5 Naughty Not Nice (7-1). Son Ofa Spur returned $100.40 to win; the 6-1 Exacta paid $411.60; the 6-1-2 Trifecta returned $1,784.00; and the 6-1-2-5 20¢ Superfecta paid $407.70. Ayers Ratlif

Ronnie Wrenn Jr. again topped the local driving ranks in 2016, winning 612 races over the Flying Turns. His nearest competitor, Aaron Merriman, drove 533 winners. Kurt Sugg (305), Jason Merriman (291) and Ryan Stahl (275) completed the top five reinsmen. Wrenn, 30, resides in Stow, Ohio and now has five driving titles under his belt. He won the dash titles at Northfield Park in 2013, 2014 and 2015. He also won the Northville Downs title in 2013. Ronnie's 2016 total victory tally was 690, which ranked him second among all drivers in North America. Only Aaron Merriman (891) had more total wins in 2016 than Wrenn. Wrenn began driving in 2008 and has since won 3,658 races and purses in excess of $19 million. Wrenn's fasted win ever came in the 2015 edition of the $225,000 Jim Ewart Memorial at Scioto Downs aboard Doo Wop Hanover in 1:49.2. His richest was with Whataboy in last year's $250,000 Ohio Sires Stake Final for sophomore colt pacers at Northfield Park in 1:51.3. Northfield Park's 2016 leading trainer Brian Loney won 30 more races than any other local conditioner. He garnered 136 victories throughout last year. Michael Dowdall finished second with 106 wins. Sam Schillaci (105), Jessica Millner (85) and Sue Stockwell (69) rounded out the top five Northfield Park trainers for 2016. Brian, originally from Hager Hill, Kentucky, now lives in Northfield, Ohio. He and wife Harla Renae have three children: 16 year-old son Gannun, 12 year-old son Payton and seven year-old daughter Polly. Loney, 38, scored his first training win with the gelding pacer Stealth Fighter at Fairmount Park in 1996. To date, he has 1,476 career victories and purse earnings over $4 million. The 2016 Northfield title is the fifth local dash victory for Brian. He has also won titles at Bluegrass Downs, Fairmount Park, The Red Mile and Thunder Ridge. Wrenn and Loney will each be presented with a plaque and dining gift certificate to the Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park in a winner's circle ceremony later in January. by Ayers Ratliff, for Northfield Park

Aaron Merriman is harness racing's dash winning driver for both 2015 and 2016. Flipping the calendar to 2017 has not changed his winning ways. In fact, Merriman won eight races on Sunday (January 1) at Northfield Park. Aaron's triumphs were with King Muscles ($2.40) in race 1, Jude Hall ($2.60) in race three, Ewald Hanover ($3.60) in race five, Beauty Chip ($2.20) in race six, Stevie Diamonds ($3.20) in race eight, Doc Betts' Buckeye ($2.40) in race 10, SR Radar ($3.00) in race 12 and Avanza ($2.60) in race 14. Merriman won his first race in 1998, a $2,200 condition event in 1:58.3, at the former Raceway Park in Toledo, Ohio aboard Albert's Filly. Since breaking his maiden, Aaron has scored 8,737 more times with purse earnings approaching $53 million. Ayers Ratliff

Northfield Park is announcing the addition of a $30,000 Pick-4 total pool guarantee on Sunday (January 1st). Beginning in Race 8, the $30,000 Pick-4 guaranteed total pool includes a carryover of $7,070.82. 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. Sunday's post time is 6:00 p.m. Ayers Ratliff  

Northfield Park, Ohio's leading racetrack in pari-mutuel handle, both on-track and export, is offering live harness racing four nights a week to start the 2017 racing year. January through September racing is Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday. The exceptions to this schedule are the addition of three Sundays, January 1, May 28 and September 3. There is no live racing on Memorial Day or Labor Day Mondays. Beginning in October Northfield adds Sunday evenings and will race five nights a week until the end of the ear. Friday (December 22) will replace Christmas Eve Sunday, while Friday (December 29) will replace racing on Christmas Monday. Northfield Park's marquee racing events are as follows: $200,000 Battle of Lake Erie Saturday, June 3; $175,000 Cleveland Trotting Classic Saturday, July 1; $300,000 Carl Milstein Memorial and $50,000 Myron Charna President's Pace Saturday, August 12; and $125,000 Courageous Lady Saturday, October 14. The $125,000 (est.) Summit County Fair Stakes, featuring many of Ohio's best freshman and sophomore trotters and pacers, will be held on Saturday, July 29. Each of the 222 live racing nights carries a first race post time of 6:00 p.m. Northfield Park is open daily from noon until after midnight for simulcasting action from tracks across the United States, Canada and Australia. .................................................... Northfield Park is announcing the addition of a $12,500 Pick-5 total pool guarantee on Friday (December 30th).  Beginning in Race 3, the $12,500 Pick-5 guaranteed total pool includes a carryover of $2,353.29.  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.    Friday’s post time is 6:00 p.m. Ayers Ratliff

The festive and well-attended harness racing evening was made even better for Thomas Dillon, when his horse, Rock Me Baby, won the $120,000 Courageous Lady at Northfield Park. The Courageous Lady was a series of firsts for Rock Me Baby. It was the first time she had raced for Dillon. He purchased her just two weeks ago for $82,000 at the Harrisburg Sale. It was also Rock Me Baby's first start for trainer Heidi Rohr and the first time that Tim Tetrick has driven the filly. Rock Me Baby left off the gate. She initially sat in third, but was sent to the outside approaching the quarter. Once she made the lead about the quarter-pole, Rock Me Baby never experienced an anxious moment the remainder of the mile. She posted fractions of: 26.4, 54.4, 1:23 and 1:52. "We had to go a pretty big first half," explained Tetrick,"but I was able to give her a breather around the turn and she was really strong to the finish." The clocking was a stakes record for the Courageous Lady and equaled Northfield Park's track record for sophomore filly pacers. "I was happy to get to drive her," said Tetrick. "When they called me to ask if I would come here (Northfield), I was like absolutely!" "I love traveling around to these big races offered at places like Northfield and being able to compete with nice horses. I'm just glad to be a part of all this." Completing the field were Mother Of Art, LA Delight, Yankee Moonshine, Dime A Dance, Bellatricks, Free Show and Time On My Hands. Rock Me Baby (Rock N Roll Heaven-Lover Of Art-Artsplace) now has four wins in 21 lifetime starts. Saturday's victory increased her career bankroll to $164,228. She returned $5.40 to win. Ayers Ratliff

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