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Aaron Merriman scored the 7,000th win of his driving career while driving Ali Rush in Northfield Park's 9th race on Thursday (January 15). Ali Rush boldly left from the gate and led her competition from start to finish, winning by three-quarters of a length in 1:56.3. Merriman, 36, keeps a torrid schedule, regularly competing at Northfield Park and The Meadows. However, he also races at various other venues throughout the year. In 2014 Merriman competed in 4,646 races, more than any other driver in North America. Merriman's talents have been noticed on the national stage and he has competed against the best of the best in harness racing. In 2014 Merriman found himself behind the starting gate of the Hambletonian, an elimination of the Little Brown Jug, the Kentucky Futurity, the Canadian Trotting Classic as well as a host of other Grand Circuit and major stake races. In August, 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 7,000 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." Merriman started driving at the age of 21 and appreciates the successful 15-year career he has experienced so far; accomplishing the 7,000-win milestone and purse earnings approaching $40,000,000. "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 horses deserve credit too -- they are the ones who carry us around the track and deserve the real credit for my 7,000 wins." Northfield Park is announcing the addition of a $25,000 Pick-4 total pool guarantee to Monday’s (January 19) program.  Beginning in Race 8, the $25,000 Pick-4 guaranteed total pool includes a carryover of $4,684.66. 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. by Ayers Ratliff, for Northfield Park

Longshot players were ecstatic as the horses crossed the finish of Northfield Park's fifth race on Wednesday (January 14) when #7 Bethann swooped up from the back to win at odds of 62-1. Robert Slowey of Mentor, Ohio owns the five year-old trotter. Trainer James Criss Jr. enlisted the driving services of Ryan Stahl. Wednesday's win was Bethann's first lifetime score and second career start. Bethann was followed across the wire by #5 Chipsswingingstar (57-1) and #4 Parris Island (35-1). Bethann returned $125.00 to win; the 7-5 Exacta paid $734.80 and the 7-5-4 Trifecta returned a whopping $12,349.20. Although Bethann's score sparked massive returns, it is not even close to being the highest win payoff in Northfield Park's history. That record remains with Jet's Appearance and driver Sheri Hersman. They paid $579 to win on August 22, 1988. by Ayers Ratliff, for Northfield Park

Longshot players' year started with a bang in the ninth race at Northfield Park on Thursday (January 1) when #8 Sky Lav powered up from the back to win at odds of 134-1. Wooster, Ohio's Henry Beachy trains and co-owns the six year-old trotter with Mark Scheibe of Lakeville, Ohio. Tyler St Louis was aboard for the winning drive. Thursday's win was Sky Lav's seventh lifetime score. Sky Lav was followed across the wire by #9 Cabo (3-5) and #4 Tallerthanwoody (31-1). Sky Lav returned $269.80 to win; the 8-9 Exacta paid $698.20 and the 8-9-4 Trifecta returned a whopping $6,568.80. Although Sky Lav's score sparked massive returns, it is not even close to being the highest win payoff in Northfield Park's history. That record remains with Jet's Appearance and driver Sheri Hersman. They paid $579 to win on August 22, 1988. by Ayers Ratliff, for Northfield Park

Ronnie Wrenn Jr. has found his mojo at the right time -- putting some distance between himself and Aaron Merriman with only one night of racing left to determine the 2014 National Dash Driving Title. Wrenn entered Northfield Park's Tuesday (December 30) program with a slim 837 - 836 lead over Aaron Merriman. He exited the card with a five win lead,  843 - 838. Wrenn's six wins included Mantaculater in race two, Romantic Play Date in race four, Credit Report in race five, Heeza Nordic in race nine, Mr Apollo in race 11 and Detroiter in race 12. Merriman's driving double consisted of Jojo In The Sky in race 14 and Movin' N Shakin' in race 15. The two are scheduled to square off again one final time in 2014 on Wednesday night at Sports Creek Raceway in Michigan. The Wednesday action is set to begin at 7:00 p.m. by Ayers Ratliff, for Northfield Park  

Ohio's leading racetrack by total handle, both on-track and export, is offering live harness racing four nights a week to start the 2015 racing year. January through May racing is Monday through Thursday with one Friday (January 2). Beginning June 12 Northfield swaps Thursdays for Friday evenings. Thursday evening racing returns on October 8 as well as our traditional Monday through Friday schedule which will be raced until the end of the year (except Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year's Eve). Northfield Park's four marquee racing events are as follows: the $200,000 (est.) Battle of Lake Erie Friday, June 12; the $200,000 (est.) Cleveland Trotting Classic Friday, July 3; the $500, 000 (est.) Carl Milstein Memorial Friday, August 14; and the $125,000 (est.) Courageous Lady Friday, November 27. Each live racing night carries a first race post time of 6:00 p.m. Northfield Park is announcing the addition of a $20,000 Pick-5 total pool guarantee to Tuesday’s (December 30) program.  Beginning in Race 3, the $20,000 Pick-5 guaranteed total pool includes a carryover of $4,007.24. 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

Ronnie Wrenn Jr. posted 714 wins in 2013, 69 more than any other driver in North America. In his quest to repeat as the winningest driver again this year, only one driver stands in his way, his friend and nightly competitor, Aaron Merriman. Wrenn started Friday (December 26) with 816 wins this year, which trailed Merriman's win tally by 10. Throughout Northfield Park's 16-race program, he whittled that lead to five. While Merriman posted three solid wins on the night, Wrenn made eight trips to the Winner's Circle. With five days left in 2014, both Merriman and Wrenn are chasing the driving title. "I have to continue getting horses in the right spots and winning races. "We race horses to win, that is what I like to do and that is why I'm in this sport," explained Wrenn. "A couple of weeks ago I did not like my chances at all. I just wanted the race between Aaron and I to go away, but things have really come together and I have been able to have some really big nights in the last week or so, putting me with a shot to win again." Meanwhile, Merriman states that becoming the 2014 National Dash Champion would be icing on the cake for the unbelievable year that he has experienced. "I have worked hard and hustled for a long time," explained Merriman. "Winning races is great and that it what racing is about, but the experiences I have had this year are indescribable." This year has put Aaron Merriman behind the starting gate of the Hambletonian, an elimination of the Little Brown Jug, the Kentucky Futurity, the Canadian Trotting Classic as well as a host of other Grand Circuit and major stake races. In August, Merriman became the youngest inductee into the Northfield Park Wall of Fame. Merriman has taken Saturday off, while Wrenn has a full slate of drives in the 13-race program at Sports Creek Raceway. Both drivers will be back at the Flying Turns on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. Neither driver has fully committed, but are both keeping the option open of driving at Sports Creek on Wednesday (December 31), depending on how the numbers stack up between now and then. by Ayers Ratliff, for Northfield Park

Northfield Park is announcing the addition of a $20,000 Pick-5 total pool guarantee to Friday's (December 26) program. Beginning in Race 3, the $20,000 Pick-5 guaranteed total pool includes a carryover of $4,263.17. 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. by Ayers Ratliff, for Northfield Park

North America's leading harness racing driver, Aaron Merriman, drove eight winners on Thursday (December 11) at Northfield Park, winning over half of the 15-race program. Merriman's eight scores included Vision Of Glory ($12.60) in race one, Snuff Box ($6.80) in race two, Wild Ride ($3.60) in race three, Noble Fitch ($3.40) in race four, Brown Titan ($2.40) in race seven, Chievous Dan ($3.80) in race 10, Loconotion ($12.00) in race 12 and Cause To Smile ($7.00) in race 15. Merriman, 36, began driving in 1997 and has since garnered 6,923 career victories. He is approaching $37.5M in total purse earnings. Merriman has posted 442 victories so far this year over Northfield's Flying Turns, placing him second in the local driving ranks behind Ronnie Wrenn Jr. (593). However, Merriman splits his time primarily between Northfield Park and The Meadows, as well as a multitude of other racing venues. He has amassed an impressive 799 total wins so far this year. That win tally is more than any other driver in North America. Becoming the 2014 National Dash Champion would be icing on the cake for the unbelievable year that Merriman has experienced. "I have worked hard and hustled for a long time," explained Merriman. "Winning races is great and that it what racing is about, but the experiences I have had this year are indescribable." This year has put Aaron Merriman behind the starting gate of the Hambletonian, an elimination of the Little Brown Jug, the Kentucky Futurity, the Canadian Trotting Classic as well as a host of other Grand Circuit and major stake races. In August, Merriman became the youngest inductee into the Northfield Park Wall of Fame. by Ayers Ratliff, for Northfield Park

Northfield Park's leading driver, Ronnie Wrenn Jr., drove eight winners on Tuesday (December 9) at Northfield Park, dominating the 15-race program. Wrenn's eight scores included Heeza Nordic ($2.40) in race one, Lou Lous Princess ($3.60) in race three, Action Aubree Rosa ($10.60) in race six, Best Dream Seeker ($3.40) in race nine, Feel The Heat ($2.10) in race 10, Get Packin ($4.00) in race 12, Rountuit Bluegrass ($2.20) in race 13 and Moreland Flash ($3.00) in race 15. Wrenn, 28, began driving in 2008 and has since garnered 2,089 career victories. He is approaching $8.5M in total purse earnings. Wrenn has posted 585 victories so far this year over Northfield's Flying Turns, placing him on top of the local driving ranks. Chasing in the Northfield standings are Aaron Merriman (431), Josh Sutton (282), Kurt Sugg (173) and Jason Merriman (158). Wrenn won the national driving title last year by posting 714 wins. He has more wins so far this year (764), but trails Aaron Merriman by 19 victories for this year's title. Ayers Ratliff

The 2014 Cleveland Classic scheduled for this Friday (December 12) has been cancelled due to a lack of entries. Only five sophomore pacers entered for the $150,000 guaranteed purse. Their ownerships will each receive a check in excess of $17,000 for entering. "The Cleveland Classic has hosted some memorable races and has been won by numerous great horses," said Dave Bianconi, Northfield Park Executive Vice President of Racing and Simulcasting. "We had 38 nominees for the event, but many of them were turned out for the season for one reason or another. It is an anomaly, but things just did not come together this year to continue with the race's rich tradition." Racing greats such as Bolt The Duer, Gallo Blue Chip, Life Sign, Precious Bunny, Western Dreamer and Won The West have all been crowned Cleveland Classic champions. Since its inception in 1990, the race has featured two Horse-of-the-Year honorees, four divisional champions, four Little Brown Jug winners and a Triple Crown winner. The Cleveland Classic will be replaced next year with an event for North America's best veteran trotters. The new Cleveland Trotting Classic carries an estimated purse of $200,000 and will be contested on Friday, July 3, 2015. The new trotting Classic will join the $500,000 (est.) Carl Milstein Memorial for three year-old-colt pacers, the $200,000 (est.) Battle of Lake Erie for veteran open pacers, and the $125,000 (est.) Courageous Lady for three year-old-filly pacers as Northfield Park's marquee events. by Ayers Ratliff, for Northfield Park

Northfield Park is announcing the addition of a $10,000 Pick-5 total pool guarantee to Tuesday's (December 2) program. Beginning in Race 3, the $10,000 Pick-5 guaranteed total pool includes a carryover of $2,120.03. 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. by Ayers Ratliff, for Northfield Park

The Northern Dude was a repeat winner of the $12,500 Open Trot on Monday (December 1) at Northfield Park. Curran Racing, LLC of Red Hook, New York owns the five year-old. Trainer Jessica Millner enlisted the driving services of North America's leading driver Aaron Merriman. The Northern Dude (Ken Warkentin - LR Alleys Concern - King Conch) left alertly from post seven and led his competition at every call. He set fractions of :27.3, :57, 1:25.4 and 1:56.4 and was a full-length in front at the finish. Completing the race were Mythical Hall, Mama Made Me Blue, Jesse's Messenger, Catching Katie, Diamond Hunter, Mary's Darvin and Zorgwijk Heavenly. Monday's victory represents the third consecutive win for The Northern Dude, who now has seven wins in 26 starts this year, 15 career successes and a bankroll of $177,030. He was the heavy favorite and paid $3.60 to win. Major Belle was impressive in winning the evening's $12,500 Open Pace. Ron Burke trains the six year-old for Pennsylvania owners Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi and New York connections of Cynthia Massari and Joseph Di Scala, Jr. Chris Page was aboard for the winning drive. Major Belle (Art Major - Meghan's Belle - No Nukes) started from the far outside and was content in the back of the pack while his competition carved stiff fractions of :26.3 and :54.4. Major Belle had moved into third at the 1:23.2 three-quarter pole and took the lead in the stretch and besting his competition by 2-lengths, in 1:53.2. Completing the race were Real Future, Top Of The Mark, Bettor's Choice, Midnight Dragon, Allamerican Pewter and Onhishonor Hanover. Mybrothergeorge was scratched. Monday's triumph was the seventh win in 28 starts this year for Major Belle. It increased his lifetime win tally to 22 and his earnings to $362,229. He returned $15.40 to win. Ayers Ratliff

Y Mach Me was the winner in Northfield's weekly top distaff event when she crossed the wire a winner in the $12,500 Fillies and Mares Open on Friday (November 21) at Northfield Park. She is trained by Pat Karcher for Carey, Ohio owner Lucky Draw Racing Stable. Ronnie Wrenn Jr. was in the sulky. Y Mach Me (Mach Three-Sunnie Corleone-Pacific Rocket) started from the second tier and was fifth at the :28.1 opening quarter. Wrenn pulled the six year-old first over in the second quarter and she steadily advanced through times of :57.4 and 1:26.3. She cleared to the lead in the final turn and hung on to win by a head in 1:55.1. Completing the race were Mama Said, Sweetheart Dance, Eradikate, Pantsuit Hilary, Coupon Lady, Champagne Tonight and Jump Start. Shes Glorious was scratched. Friday's win was the eighth victory this year in 39 starts. It bolstered her career win tally to 16 and her lifetime earnings to $113,544. She returned $5.60 to win. Y Mach Me was just one of seven wins on the Friday program for Northfield Park leading driver Ronnie Wrenn Jr. He was also triumphant with Liveandinconcert ($15.40) in race one, Stone Of Magic ($2.80) in race two, Fritzie Chic ($2.80) in race four, Im Shameless ($11.60) in race five, Special Lady D ($19.80) in race six and JK Geronimo ($3.40) in race 14. Northfield Park is announcing the addition of a $7,500 Pick-5 total pool guarantee to Monday’s (November 24) program.  Beginning in Race 3, the $7,500 Pick-5 guaranteed total pool includes a carryover of $1,263.91. 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. by Ayers Ratliff, for Northfield Park

Due to inclement weather causing unsafe track conditions, Northfield Park has been forced to cancel the program scheduled for Monday (November 17). Live racing is scheduled to resume Tuesday (November 18). The Tuesday card will feature a $20,000 guaranteed Pick 4 pool with a carryover of $2,978.78. Tuesday's post time is 6:00 p.m. by Ayers Ratliff, for Northfield Park

Ronnie Wrenn, Jr. made his 2,000th trip to the Winner's Circle after winning with Western Kissed in Northfield Park's fourth race on Monday (November 10). Wrenn led at every call with Western Kissed, eventually besting his competition by 1 ½-lengths. The 1:55 clocking was a season's mark for the nine year-old pacer, who returned $7.60 to win. The 28-year-old Wrenn began driving in 2008. His 2,000 wins have helped him garner over $8 million in purse earnings. He won the 2013 national dash driving title and is currently second this year. Wrenn is a 2005 graduate of Hartland High School in Hartland, Michigan. He played center field for and graduated from Mott Community College in Flint. Although Ronnie Wrenn, Jr. comes from a horse racing family, he did not take an interest and become involved 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." "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 worked out." 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 in his very 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 recalls his fastest win as being 1:50 with Rockin Finish. Ronnie's richest win was for a purse of $200,000 with Friskie Lil Devil, in an Ohio Sire Stake Final at Scioto Downs. He rates the best horses he has ever driven as Night Pro or Arch Madness. Ronnie credits several people as having large influences on his 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). She is simply amazing and is vital to the success I have had." 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 Cleveland Classic, Battle of Lake Erie and now the Milstein Memorial," said Wrenn. "I just like to win races. As unbelievable as this sounds, the purse really doesn't matter to me. Whether it is a $200 per start or an Open, it just feels good to win and make people happy." by Ayers Ratliff, for Northfield Park

Can't Best My Art prevailed in the $15,000 Friday Night Lights Series Final at Northfield Park on Friday (November 7). She is trained by Doug Hinklin for the NRS Stables LLC of Thornville, Ohio. Ronnie Wrenn Jr. drove her to victory. Can't Best My Art (Western Ideal-Deringer Gal-Cambest) started from post three. She went straight to the lead as the wings were folding on the starting gate, and never looked back. Can't Best My Art led her competition through fractions of :27.3, :56.4, 1:25.2 and 1:54.4, besting her competition by one length. The mile clocking represents a lifetime best for the sophomore filly. Completing the race were Threefold Breanna, Tarport Belle, Sand Sonya, Littlewhitekiddie, Lotsa Juice, Work Week, DVC Kahlua Breeze and Basic Survival. Friday's win was the seventh score in 18 starts this year. It boosted her career earnings to $26,700. She was the race favorite and returned $3.60 to win. Northfield Park is announcing the addition of a $5,000 Pick-5 total pool guarantee to Monday’s (November 10) program.  Beginning in Race 3, the $5,000 Pick-5 guaranteed total pool includes a carryover of $1,025.46. 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. Nine new late closers at Northfield Park Northfield Park has announced the dates of nine progressive 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 have increased, we would like to fill more and 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.”  Each series starts with a base claiming price of $4,000, $8,000 or $15,000 and progressively increases throughout the series, with no claiming allowed in each final.  Each of the three claiming prices will be available for horse and gelding pacers, filly and mare pacers, and for trotters.  A one-time $200 payment will be required of each entrant to be eligible.  Payments are due by November 25.  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

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