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Wiggle It Jiggleit has traveled to Northfield Park's Flying Turns on two occasions and has two harness racing track records to prove it. Winner of the 2015 Carl Milstein Memorial in 1:49.3, the fasted mile paced at Northfield Park by a three year-old gelding, Wiggle It Jiggleit is now also the fastest four year-old gelding on the half-mile oval by virtue of his easy victory in Saturday's (May 21) $200,000 Battle of Lake Erie. Wiggle It Jiggleit (Mr Wiggles-Mozzi Hanover-Jenna's Beach Boy) is owned by the partnership of George Teague Jr. Inc. and Teague Racing Partnership. He is trained by Clyde Francis. Montrell Teague had the winning drive. Entering the Battle off two runner-up finishes, many analysts were not eyeing Wiggle It Jiggleit, but rather (#5) Freaky Feet Pete as their selection. Freaky Feet Pete entered the event off a nine-race win streak. "Almost every print I looked in has us picked for second, some even for third," said owner George Teague. "I wondered if I was looking at the same program as them, but it even had me doubting our chances in here." As the gate pulled away from the stellar Battle field, Wiggle It Jiggle left no doubt who would reign supreme. He led his rivals from start to finish. Wiggle It Jiggleit started from the rail and led his competition every step of the way through fractions of :28, :55.4, 1:23 and 1:49.4, besting his rivals by 4-1/4 lengths. Pacing an initial quarter in a leisurely :28, and sprinting his final quarter in :26.4, there was no catching Wiggle It Jiggleit. "My horse was unbelievably grabby and ready to roll," explained Montrell Teague. "Although we went slow early, no one would have had a chance to get the lead anyway." Saturday's win marks the 28th score for Wiggle It Jiggleit in 35 career races and increases his bankroll to $2,478,260. Ayers Ratliff

If racing fans are looking for a nightcap to Saturday’s Preakness Stakes, Northfield Park has the perfect closing act – the $200,000 Battle of Lake Erie.   Since its inception in 1986, the Battle of Lake Erie has drawn the best veteran pacers the sport has to offer.  Past Battle Champions include racing greats Falcon Seelster, Quite A Sensation, Jaguar Spur, Dorunrun Bluegrass, Cambest, Riyadh, Gallo Blue Chip and Maltese Artist.     This year, the Grand Circuit one mile dash for veteran pacers has attracted Wiggle It Jiggleit, last year’s Horse of the Year and winner of the Little Brown Jug, Freaky Feet Pete, the 2015 Breeders Crown champ, and Foiled Again, the richest horse in the history of harness racing.   Wiggle It Jiggleit has drawn the rail and has been installed as the even-money favorite. Racing for George Teague and Teague Racing Partnership, the 4-year-old gelded son of Mr Wiggles has won 27 of 34 career starts and $2.3 million.   This will be his second trip to the Flying Turns. Wiggle It Jiggleit won last year’s $400,000 Carl Milstein Memorial, the track’s premier event, in 1:49 3/5, establishing a track record for sophomore gelded pacers.   Freaky Feet Pete, who drew the No. 5 post and is the earlybird second betting choice at 2-1, arrives at Northfield with a sparkling record, a winner of 27 of 30 starts and $1.1 million.    The son of Rockin Image will carry a nine-race winning streak to the gate.  His start in the Battle will be his first on a half-mile track.   “He trains on a half-mile track at home,” said Marty Rheinheimer, co-owner of Freaky Feet Pete. “I’m really not worried at all about him getting around the track. I think he will take to it just fine.”   Foiled Again will be making an unprecedented eighth consecutive start in the Battle of Lake Erie, a race he has won three times, including last year’s renewal. Now 12, the gelded son of Dragon Again, another Battle winner (2000), has won 86 of 253 starts and a record $7,372,138.   “Every time he steps on the track it’s history, so it’s cool” said trainer Ron Burke.   Foiled Again’s score in last year’s Battle sent his bankroll over $7 million. No other Standardbred has earned as much as $6 million. Ready Cash, a retired trotter, is second to Foiled Again with a bankroll of $5.7 million.    Dave Bianconi, Northfield’s executive vice-president of racing and simulcasting, who put the race field together, believes the Battle lineup is strong enough to threaten the track record.   “They have a shot at breaking it,” he said. “I can see a sub-1:50 mile if the conditions are right.”   A Rocknroll Dance holds the record, a 1:49 1/5 mile in the 2013 Battle of Lake Erie.   An impressive undercard featuring three $20,000 Opens and three $20,000 late closer finals will support this year’s Battle of Lake Erie.   In addition, Battle night will also offer guests a sumptuous dinner buffet in Lady Luck’s clubhouse. The special Battle of Lake Erie Buffet is just $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 sample the fare of some of northeast Ohio’s most popular food trucks.  Live music by Unknown Reason can also be enjoyed on the apron, and patrons will receive a FREE spin on the Northfield Park Prize Wheel from 8 to 9 p.m.   The Battle of Lake Erie is scheduled as the 11th event on the 15-race program with a first race 6:00 p.m. post time.  A Pick 4 will begin in race eight and offers a $10,000 guaranteed pool, while the Battle will offer a $25,000 guaranteed Superfecta pool. The 2016 $200,000 Battle of Lake Erie Field:   Post Horse Driver Trainer M/L 1 Wiggle It Jiggleit Montrell Teague Clyde Francis 1-1 2 Ideal Cowboy Aaron Merriman Jeffrey Bamond Jr. 8-1 3 Roland N Rock TBA Rob Harmon 25-1 4 Foiled Again Joe Bongiorno Ron Burke 10-1 5 Freaky Feet Pete Trace Tetrick Larry Rheinheimer 2-1 6 Santa Fe Beachboy Ronnie Wrenn Jr. Brian Brown 25-1 7 Luck Be Withyou Dave Palone Chris Oakes 15-1 8 All Bets Off Matt Kakaley Ron Burke 12-1   by Ayers Ratliff, for Northfield Park

Aaron Merriman had a monster night on Monday (May 16) at Northfield Park by posting eight wins on the 15-race harness racing program. Merriman's triumphs were with Fashion Chocolate ($2.20) in race three, Gale Force Hanover ($2.40) in race five, Kirty Dream ($2.40) in race seven, Milliron Pete ($11.80) in race eight, Mythical Hall ($10.20) in race nine, Fox River Mark ($8.80) in race 10, All Powerful ($16.00) in race 11 and Skull Of Roses ($6.60) in race 14. Merriman was the leading driver in North America in 2015 and is leading by more than 80 wins so far this year. He will be honored with a special presentation for winning the 2015 dash tile on Saturday (May 21). This ceremony is part of Northfield Park's Battle of Lake Erie festivities. Merriman has been driving since 1997 and has since posted 8,175 career wins and is approaching $48 million is purse earnings. Success over the Flying Turns is nothing new to Merriman. He has more wins than any other driver in the Northfield's history. Ayers Ratliff

Northfield Park is the place to be for this year’s Triple Crown action!  Plan your weekend with us for a fun time for both the 142nd running of the Kentucky Derby on Saturday, May 7 and the Kentucky Oaks on Friday, May 6.  Doors open early at 9:30 AM on both days with first post at Churchill Downs at 10:30 AM.  Northfield Park will offer a special $2,000 Churchill Downs Handicapping Contest each day where the winner could walk away with $1,000! Advance wagering on the Derby will be available, plus simulcasting from 40+ tracks from all over the world. Northfield Park will host its 5th Annual Food Truck Festival outside on the apron on Derby Day Saturday.  Eleven of Northeast Ohio’s top food trucks will be selling their specialties from 12 (noon) until 7 pm.  Food truck participants include The Beachcomber, Fire Truck Pizza Company, Get Stuffed Mobile Eatery, The Nosh Box, Seti’s Polish Boys, The Spread, Ye Olde School Treats N Eats, Zydeco Bistro, The Crooked Kettle Popcorn Co., Draegers Hot Fudge Sundaes and Hobos Gumbo. Don’t miss out on a Kentucky Derby favorite - the mint julep! Mint Juleps will be available all day long and be sure to pick up your commemorative Kentucky Derby glass too. Enjoy live music by Victory Highway 1:00 – 3:00 PM; Monica Robins & The Ninja Cowboys 3:30 – 5:30 PM; and Unknown Reason on the outdoor apron from 6:00-10:00 PM.  Enter our Kentucky Derby Hat Contest, sponsored by Seagram’s and WGAR from 12 Noon until 4:45 PM.  WGAR’s Brian and LeeAnn will be on-site from 4-6 PM for the judging and best hat wins $500!  Plus, ESPN Cleveland will broadcast live with the Street Team from 12-3 PM and visit Jeff Kurkjian from the Q-104 Morning Show from 2-4 PM.  If you are arriving early join Bob “Railbird” Roberts and track announcer Ayers Ratliff for a Churchill Downs Handicapping Seminar, which begins at 10:30 AM outside on the apron.  The “Railbird” will offer a second seminar at 5:30 PM highlighting the Kentucky Derby race. The excitement continues all afternoon for a chance to win big just for being here!  Over $10,000 in prizes will be given away throughout Derby Day.  Simply 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.  Names will be drawn randomly throughout the day for a chance to spin our prize wheel.  Every spin is a winner and you could win great prizes like Cash, Kentucky Derby merchandise, $100 Kentucky Derby Win Wagers, Hard Rock Rocksino concert tickets, gift cards, sporting tickets and more.  Plus, you could spin the cash wheel for $500, $1,000 or the grand prize of $2,500 in cash! New to Derby Day 2016 is Live Racing! Northfield Park will offer 15 action packed races featuring the $13,500 Fillies and Mares Open. First race post time is scheduled for 6 pm.  Lady Luck’s clubhouse will be open featuring a Kentucky Derby themed buffet from 5:30-9 PM for $19.95 per person. For reservations call 330-467-410.. FREE admission and FREE parking every day at Northfield Park! Ayers Ratliff         

Ronnie Wrenn Jr. had a monster night on Monday (April 18) at Northfield Park by posting eight wins on the 15-race program. Wrenn's triumphs were with Ultimate Winner ($3.00) in race one, Jagger Blue Chip ($3.80) in race two, Mcport In A Storm ($7.60) in race four, Absolutely Certain ($5.00) in race five, Mythical Hall ($6.20) in race nine, Major Marcus ($16.00) in race 10, Rusty's No Fool ($7.80) in race 11and Orse Power ($4.60) in race 13. Wrenn is Northfield's leading driver with 184 local wins so far this year. Aaron Merriman (156), Kurt Sugg (89), Joe Bongiorno (80) and Ryan Stahl (78) complete the top five. Being the leading driver at Northfield is nothing new to Ronnie, who won Northfield's 2013, 2014 and 2015 local titles. Wrenn has been driving since 2008 and has since posted 3,168 career wins and is approaching $15 million is purse earnings. by Ayers Ratliff, for Northfield Park

Steve and Patricia Cross, harness racing trainers and owners of Diamonds Revenge, have been waiting for their 14 year-old pacer Diamonds Revenge to win one final time before retiring him to a new career. Diamonds Revenge found the line a winner in the seventh race on Wednesday (March 30) at Northfield Park. He soundly beat his competition by two lengths in 1:57.2 with the Cross's son Kevin driving. "He is such and nice horse and my wife absolutely adores him," said Steve Cross. "He deserves to retire and to retire a winner." Soon Diamonds Revenge will be providing carriage rides to the public at Punderson State Park in nearby Newbury, Ohio. The Crosses purchased Diamonds Revenge about five years ago at the Frank Chick sale in Delaware for only $2,500. His mild manner and huge heart quickly earned their respect and love. Diamonds Revenge leaves the racing scene after 307 career starts. He posted 34 victories, placed 45 times and showed in 46 races. He garnered $339,007 and paced a career best 1:52.1 at Harrington Raceway in 2007. For the past five years Diamonds Revenge has competed on the Flying Turns week after week and is respected throughout the track as a classy veteran. Diamonds Revenge will be missed but can still be enjoyed by equine fans giving carriage rides through the 741 acres of Punderson State Park in Geauga County, Ohio. Ayers Ratliff

A carryover of $2,771.55 has sparked a $15,000 Guaranteed Pick-5 Total Pool Wednesday at the harness racing meeting at Northfield Park. Northfield Park is announcing the addition of a $15,000 Pick-5 total pool guarantee to Wednesday's (March 23rd) program. Beginning in Race 3, the $15,000 Pick-5 guaranteed total pool includes a carryover of $2,771.55. 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

Northfield Park's richest race of the season, the Carl Milstein Memorial for harness racing three-year-old pacers, will be raced as a "By-Invitation-Only" event in 2016. The 3rd Annual Carl Milstein Memorial, named in honor of the track's former owner and Chairman, will be contested on Saturday night, August 13, at the Cleveland-area oval. Albeit one of the newest added-money events on the three-year-old calendar, the Carl Milstein Memorial has attracted stellar field in its first two editions, including last year's champion Wiggle It Jiggleit, who went on to be voted harness racing's Horse of the Year. The change from a paid-in stakes event to an Invitational adds more flexibility in showcasing the harness racing's elite sophomore pacers in Northeast Ohio. "There are numerous stakes events for three-year-old pacers all summer long, and having to pay into them in February and March limits the number of horses we may be able to attract for the race" said Northfield's Executive Vice President of Racing and Simulcasting Dave Bianconi. "With an Invitational, I can ask the connections of all the major race winners throughout the summer to take a shot at $300,000, all of which is paid by Northfield - there are no staking or starting fees whatsoever." "As the 2016 stakes season heats up, I urge the connections of top three-year-old pacers of either gender to contact me if they have an interest in competing in the Carl Milstein Memorial," said Bianconi, who can be contacted at 330-467-4101 ext. 2207 or at dbianconi@northfieldpark.com . Ayers Ratliff          

Northfield Park is announcing the addition of a $60,000 Pick-4 total pool guarantee to Wednesday's (March 16th) harness racing program. Beginning in Race 8, the $60,000 Pick-4 guaranteed total pool includes a carryover of $13,766.64. 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

Aaron Merriman scored the 8,000th win of his harness racing driving career while driving Watcha Got Abby in Northfield Park's 6th race on Tuesday (March 1). Watcha Got Abby boldly left from the gate and led her competition from start to finish, winning by ¼ length in 1:58.2. Merriman, 37, keeps a torrid schedule, regularly competing at Northfield Park and The Meadows. However, he also races at various other venues throughout the year. Aaron is the reigning North American dash champion and his talents have been noticed on the national stage. Merriman has competed in some of the biggest races in harness racing. In August 2013, Merriman became the youngest inductee into the Northfield Park Wall of Fame. Merriman's richest win came in a $300,000 Kentucky Sire Stakes Final aboard Palazzo Princess. Aaron's fastest win was race timed in 1:48.3 aboard Kanaris at Scioto Downs in September, 2014. Merriman remembers his first win as being aboard a pacing mare named Albert's Filly at Raceway Park in Toledo, Ohio. Although there are 8,000 to choose from, Merriman says that he has no favorite win, "It always feels great to win a race," explained Merriman, "I really don't have a favorite. I have had the same elated feeling every time I have been to the winner's circle." Aaron has driven many talented horses, "It would be hard to say the best horse I have driven," thought Merriman. "I have been truly blessed to drive a lot of nice horses in our sport's signature races." Aaron has sat behind countless horses, but one sticks out to him above all others: "I love to drive Tamarind. He is small and has a lot of problems, but he gives his all each and every race." Merriman started driving at the age of 21 and appreciates the successful 16-year career he has experienced so far; accomplishing the 8,000-win milestone and purse earnings in excess of $46,000,000. "I've had a great run for a long time," said Merriman. "There are so many owners and trainers that have given me opportunities and I will be forever grateful to them. The chances I have been given are unbelievable and I wish I could thank them each individually. The horses deserve credit too -- they are the ones who carry us around the track and deserve the real credit for my 8,000 wins." Ayers Ratliff

Harness racing driver Ronnie Wrenn Jr. made his 3,000th trip to the winner's circle after winning with Say It Again Sam in Northfield Park's fifteenth race on Wednesday (February 3). Wrenn led at every call with Say It Again Sam, eventually besting his competition by 4-1/4 lengths. The 1:58.1 clocking was the 13th career score for the six year-old pacer, who returned $2.60 to win. The 29-year-old Wrenn began driving in 2008. His 3,000 wins have helped him garner almost $14 million in purse earnings. He won the 2013 and 2014 national dash driving titles and finished second in 2015. Wrenn is a 2005 graduate of Hartland High School in Hartland, Mich. He played center field for and graduated from Mott Community College in Flint. Although Wrenn comes from a racing family, he did not take an interest and become involved with horses at an early age. "I was 19 or 20 when I jogged my first horse. I was always really busy with sports and stuff," said Wrenn. "I didn't really have time for it." However, after weighing his options and slowly becoming more interested with the family business, Ronnie decided on a career in racing. "I was just sitting at the table working on stuff from school on my computer one night and looked up and told my dad I wanted to be a driver. He looked at me like I was crazy. But I was old enough that he really didn't have a lot of say, and so far it has all worked out pretty well." Wrenn has found success and has been a regular to the winner's circle since his very first time behind the starting gate. He won his first race, aboard Artful Power in a $1,400 Billings race at a Michigan fair. "It was hard breaking in at first. I guess I got lucky to be put on some good horses and things just took off," offered Wrenn. "My parents and grandparents really helped me a lot as well as countless other people." Wrenn's fasted and richest win ever came in last year's $225,000 Jim Ewart Memorial at Scioto Downs with Doo Wop Hanover in 1:49.2. He rates the best horses he has ever driven as Arch Madness, Betterluvnexttime, Doo Wop Hanover, Luck Be Withyou, Night Pro and Victory Is Coming. Ronnie's favorite horse to drive is Victory Is Coming. Her 1:53.3 world record performance on July 3, 2015 at Northfield Park stands as Wrenn's favorite of his 3,000 victories. He was most impressed with her effort in that race because she won despite being parked the entire mile. Ronnie credits several people as having large influences on his life and career. Along with his father and uncles, "My mom is my biggest fan and has been more supportive than anyone could even imagine. I am also very lucky to have Briana (his girlfriend) and my two sisters, Sandy and Katie." Wrenn says his ultimate dream race to win would be the Little Brown Jug, "But I would take the feature races at Northfield too. I am a big fan of the Battle of Lake Erie and the Milstein Memorial," said Wrenn. "There are many owners and trainers that have given me opportunities and I will be forever grateful to them," offered Wrenn. "To win races, a driver has to drive fast horses for talented trainers with good owners." Although this milestone victory came in a $4,600 condition race, Wrenn was happy to win a milestone victory with a horse conditioned by Virgil Morgan Jr. "Virgil was one of the very first trainers in Ohio to use me and give me a chance with nice horses. He really helped jump start the success I have had." Ayers Ratliff

Dreamy Fella paced home for his fifth straight win Wednesday (January 27) in Northfield Park's 12th race. The four year-old stallion is owned by Tessa Roland of Lackawanna, New York and trained by John Perrin. Harness racing driver Aaron Merriman was aboard for the winning drive. Dreamy Fella started from post four and made every pole a winning one through fractional times of :28.1, :58.1, 1:28.2 and 1:58.2. He never experienced an anxious moment in the mile and was 1¼-lengths ahead of his competition at the wire. Wednesday's triumph was the tenth career start for Dreamy Fella (Artistic Fella-Cerulean Dream-Dream Away). He raced in New York and Canada and was beaten in all of his first five races. However, he has excelled under Perrin's tutelage and remains undefeated over the Flying Turns. Wednesday's triumph increased Dreamy Fella's lifetime earnings to $9,590. He was the overwhelming favorite and returned $2.40 to win. $2,829.90 Carryover Sparks $10,000 Guaranteed Pick-5 Total Pool Saturday at Northfield Park Northfield Park is announcing the addition of a $10,000 Pick-5 total pool guarantee to Saturday’s (January 30) program.  Beginning in Race 3, the $10,000 Pick-5 guaranteed total pool includes a carryover of $2,829.90. 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 Aaron Merriman, the 2015 North American Dash winner, has continued his winning ways into 2016. After posting three wins on Friday (January 1), Merriman had a monster night on Saturday (January 2) at Northfield Park by posting eight wins on the 15-race program. Merriman's triumphs were with Lady Ideal ($2.10) in race three, King Richard ($9.20) in race six, Talbotcreek Armani ($3.80) in race eight, Bob N Tony ($3.00) in race nine, Giddy Up Blackfly ($3.00) in race 10, Viewlander ($2.10) in race 11, Love You Bad ($11.20) in race 14 and Blessing Stone (2.40) in race 15. Merriman garnered 873 victories in 2015, which placed him 41 wins in front of any other driver in North America. Aaron is also the winningest driver in the history of Northfield Park, where he became the youngest inductee to the track's Wall of Fame in 2013 at age 36. Merriman has been driving since 1998. He is nearing 8,000 career wins and has over $45 million in purse earnings. Ayers Ratliff

Ronnie Wrenn Jr. again topped the local harness racing driving ranks in 2015, winning 653 races over the Flying Turns. His nearest competitor, Aaron Merriman, drove 579 winners. Jason Merriman (338), Ryan Stahl (210) and Kurt Sugg (199) completed the top five reinsmen. Wrenn, 29, resides in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio and now has four driving titles under his belt. He won the dash titles at Northfield Park in 2013 and 2014 and Northville Downs in 2013. Ronnie's 2015 total victory tally was 796, which ranked him third among all drivers in North America. Only Aaron Merriman (873) and George Napolitano Jr. (832) had more wins in 2015 than Wrenn Jr. Wrenn began driving in 2008 and has since won 2,968 races and purses of $13,731,914. Wrenn's fasted and richest win ever came in last year's $225,000 Jim Ewart Memorial at Scioto Downs aboard Doo Wop Hanover in 1:49.2. Northfield Park's 2015 leading trainer Brian Loney won 54 more races than any other local conditioner. He garnered 153 victories throughout last year. Sam Schillaci finished second with 99 wins. Michael Dowdall (86), Jessica Millner (70) and Andy Rickert (67) rounded out the top five Northfield Park trainers for 2015. Brian, originally from Hager Hill, Kentucky, has relocated to Northfield, Ohio. He and wife Harla Renae have three children: 15 year-old son Gannun, 11 year-old son Payton and six year-old daughter Polly. Loney, 37, has 1,330 career victories and purse earnings of $3,241,750. The 2015 Northfield title is the fourth local dash victory for Brian. He has also won titles at Bluegrass Downs, Fairmount Park, The Red Mile and Thunder Ridge. Brian recalled that his first training win was with the gelding pacer Stealth Fighter at Fairmount Park in 1996. 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. Ayers Ratliff      

Northfield Park has announced the addition of Michael Carter to its management staff. Carter begins full-time employment on Monday, December 28, 2015, and will fulfill a variety of key roles throughout the facility.  Besides his primary duties of Assistant Director of Mutuels, the versatile 27 year-old will work closely with the marketing, promotions and communications departments and as the back-up announcer to veteran Ayers Ratliff, for whom he has filled in occasionally since February, 2014.   “We are fortunate to bring someone like Michael on board,” said Brent Reitz, Northfield Park’s vice President & General Manager. “His knowledge, work ethic, enthusiasm and youthful outlook will help Northfield grow for years to come.” Carter became interested in racing when he was very young, attending the races with his father.  Inspired by The Meadowlands’ Sam McKee and Woodbine’s Ken Middleton, he soon developed a special focus on race-calling.    In 2012 Michael began working at the Shenandoah County Fair in Virginia as the assistant race secretary and announcer.  Since then he has filled in as the announcer at Colonial Downs, Fort Erie, Hazel Park, Northfield Park and Rosecroft Raceway. In 2013 Carter landed the announcer’s job at Buffalo Raceway.  In addition to calling the action on the track, he fulfilled numerous duties in the mutuel office and assisted the simulcast department.    "I am excited to be joining Northfield Park,” offered Carter.  “It is a tremendous opportunity to work with a talented team that aggressively promotes harness racing in Ohio and across North America.”  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 2016 racing year. January through September racing is Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday. The exceptions to this schedule are the addition of Friday, January 1, and three Sundays (May 29, July 3 and September 4). There is no live racing on Memorial Day, Fourth of July and Labor Day Mondays. Beginning October 7 Northfield adds Friday evenings and will race five nights a week until the end of the ear. Thursday (December 22) will replace Christmas Eve Saturday, while Thursday (December 29) will replace racing on New Year's Eve Saturday. Northfield Park's marquee racing events are as follows: $200,000 Battle of Lake Erie Saturday, May 21; $175,000 Cleveland Trotting Classic Saturday, July 2; $400, 000 Carl Milstein Memorial and $50,000 Myron Charna President's Pace Saturday, August 13; and $125,000 Courageous Lady Saturday, November 26. Ohio Super Night, with eight $250,000 Ohio Sires Stakes Championships on tap, will be contested over the Flying Turns on Saturday, September 3. With total purses approaching $2.1 million on the evening, it will be the richest card of horse racing ever conducted in Northeastern Ohio. The always popular $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 30. Each of the 222 live racing nights, up from 215 this year, carries a first race post time of 6:00 p.m. Northfield Park is open daily from mid-morning until after midnight for simulcasting action from tracks across the United States, Canada and Australia. Ayers Ratliff

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