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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

The $120,000 Courageous Lady goes postward this Saturday evening (November 26) at Northfield Park. The Grand Circuit race is an open harness racing event for North America's top 3-year-old filly pacers and once again has attracted an impressive slate of talent. This year's Jugette winner, LA Delight, will start from post eight and has been named the 5-2 early favorite by Northfield Park Executive Vice President of Racing and Simulcasting Dave Bianconi. A Courageous Lady victory would push LA Delight's earnings in excess of $1.2 million. The Robert McIntosh trainee has posted nine victories this year, including a 1:49.1 win at The Meadows Racetrack. McIntosh, a 2003 inductee into Harness Racing's Hall of Fame, has called upon fellow HOF member, John Campbell, to drive. The morning line second choice, Rock Me Baby, has drawn post five for trainer Heidi Rohr. She enters this event off an impressive 1:52.4 qualifier at Saratoga Raceway where she bested her competition by seven lengths. Tim Tetrick has been named to pilot Rock Me Baby. Ron Burke, the leading money winning trainer in North America, has entered two fillies in Saturday's featured event. Burke will start Mother Of Art, the 9-2 morning line fourth choice, and Free Show, a 12-1 morning line longshot. The 2016 $120,000 Courageous Lady field: PP Horse Trainer Driver Morning Line 1 Mother Of Art - Ron Burke - Ronnie Wrenn Jr. 9-2 2 Time On My Hands - Chris Ryder - Aaron Merriman 4-1 3 Bellatricks - Virgil Morgan Jr. - Ryan Stahl 10-1 4 Yankee Moonshine - Doug Hinklin - Don Irvine Jr. 8-1 5 Rock Me Baby - Heidi Rohr -Tim Tetrick 7-2 6 Free Show - Ron Burke -Jason Merriman 12-1 7 Dime A Dance - Doug Snyder - Mike Wilder 15-1 8 LA Delight - Robert McIntosh - John Campbell 5-2 This year's Courageous Lady is the 11th of a 15-race program. A $10,000 guaranteed Pick-4 pool has been added to the night. The guaranteed Pick-4 will begin with race eight and conclude with the Courageous Lady. In addition to world-class excitement on the track, an impressive array of activities has been planned for guests in attendance. "Home for the Holiday" drawings will be announced throughout the evening where winners will be taking home household goods worth thousands of dollars. Guests can also try their luck in Ohio Lottery Plinko and second chance drawings for non-winning instant lotto tickets that are $5 or more in value. Attendees can also enjoy a $19.95 buffet in Lady Luck's Clubhouse Restaurant, which offers a panoramic view of the races. Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling 330.467.4101. HISTORY OF THE RACE: The race is named after one of the finest and most popular pacing fillies ever to compete on Northfield Park's Flying Turns -- Courageous Lady. The poignant story behind the race revolves around the late Ruth Cohen of Mayfield Heights. In 1977, Julian Cohen, a Cleveland attorney and avid harness racing fan, paid $35,000 for the two year-old filly Courageous Lady for his sister Ruth, who had been diagnosed with cancer and given only two years to live. "We bought Courageous Lady midway through the filly's two year-old season and Ruth loved that horse," said Mr. Cohen, who himself passed away in 1997. "We followed her to all of her races. Ruth lived another eight years, primarily because of her horse." Courageous Lady, an Ohio-sired daughter of Captain Courageous from the mare Painter Pam, earned $418,256 between 1977 and 1981. She took a time-trial mark of 1:54.4 and twice equaled the 1:55.2 world record of the famed Silk Stockings. Among her other illustrious accomplishments, Courageous Lady became the first Ohio Sires Stakes champion to defend her title. She won numerous stakes in the United States and Canada, setting multiple stakes and national season's standards. As a broodmare, Courageous Lady produced two outstanding offspring prior to her untimely passing in 1989 at age 14. The filly Uptown Swell as a 1:54.2 performer with career earnings of $728,135, and Courageous Legacy, a Sonsam stallion, garnered a 1:52.2 lifetime record while banking over $183,000 for owner Julian Cohen. Northfield Park is proud to honor Ruth Cohen and the great mare, Courageous Lady. The outstanding fields of distaff talent annually assembled for the Courageous Lade are a fitting tribute for two of racing's most memorable and truly courageous ladies. Ayers Ratliff

Big returns Saturday at Northfield Park and harness racing longshot players were cashing in after the horses crossed the finish of Northfield Park's fourth race on Saturday (November 12) when #6 Happy To Scoot swooped from the back to win at odds of 70-1. Steve Ashby of Mentor on the Lake, Ohio owns and trains the five year-old pacer. Daren Harvey was aboard for the winning drive. Saturday's win was Happy To Scoot's second win this year in 26 starts and represents her sixth lifetime score. Happy To Scoot was followed across the wire by #3 Tammy Ann (6-1), #1 Always Dee One (7-1) and #4 Fountain Pen (2-5). Happy To Scoot returned $141.80 to win; the 6-3 Exacta paid $2,348.60; the 6-3-1 Trifecta returned $12,120.60; and the 6-3-1-4 20¢ Superfecta paid $3,657.76. Ayers Ratlif

Like Old Times went to post on Saturday (November 7) at Northfield Park as both the 2015 Ohio horse of the year and the fastest harness racing four year-old trotting mare in the history of the Flying Turns. When she crossed the finish, she proved herself even faster when she lowered her own track record in the $14,000 Open Handicap Trot to 1:54.4. Her former record was 1:55 trotted earlier this year. Keith Ross of Bellefontaine, Ohio owns Like Old Times. Don McKirgan is her conditioner and Ronnie Wrenn, Jr. was in the sulky for the winning drive. Like Old Times (Chip Chip Hooray-Royal Two-Royal Troubador) started from post five. She fired off the gate and led her competition through fractions of :27.4, :57.2, 1:26.1 and 1:54.4, besting her competition by 1¾-lengths. Like Old Times now has eight wins in 24 starts this year. Monday's victory represents her 22nd career score and bolstered her bankroll to $492,430. She returned $9.40 to win. Ayers Ratlif

Northfield Park is the place to watch and wager this weekend's Breeders' Cup races as the Rt. 8 harness racing oval becomes a horseplayer's paradise, offering a record $7,900 in prize money through a grand slam of free handicapping contests. The action kicks off Friday with a $2,000 Breeders' Cup Handicapping Contest on the four BC races on the Santa Anita card. First post time at the Arcadia, Ca. track is 2:25 p.m. (EST). Post time for the first Breeders' Cup race is 5:25 p.m., giving fans plenty of time to become members of Northfield's Players Club, which is free and makes them eligible for all contests. Registration is from 4 to 5:25 p.m Friday and from 1:30 to 3 p.m. on Saturday. In addition to Friday's BC races and the handicapping contest that offers $1,000 to the winner, WAKR will broadcast live from the track from 2 to 7 p.m. with Brad Russell, Jasen Sokol and Sam Bourquin on the microphones. Fans can also take advantage of the $5 food special (Patty Melt & Fries) as well as $3 Miller Lite and Labatt beer special (16 oz. cans). Saturday is the richest day of prize money for astute handicappers. In addition to another $2,000 Breeders' Cup Handicapping Contest (on the nine BC races), Northfield is also hosting a $2,000 "Beat the Railbird" competition, with any and all entrants picking more winners than Bob Roberts, who for more than 30 years was the "Railbird" at the Cleveland Press and Plain Dealer, sharing in the jackpot. If any Players Club member sweeps Friday and Saturday's regular BC contests, he or she will be awarded a $1,000 bonus. To jumpstart Breeders' Cup Saturday, Roberts and Northfield's Michael Carter will host a handicapping seminar from 2 to 3 p.m. First post at Santa Anita on Saturday is 1:15 p.m. (EST) with the first Breeders' Cup race going to the post at 3:05 p.m. Northfield is hosting a live racing card Saturday with a 6 p.m. post time. Also on tap Saturday is "Spin and Win" from 6 to 7 p.m., and Lady Luck's Buffet in the clubhouse (6 to 9 p.m.) for $14.95. Northfield will conclude a full weekend of handicapper competition on Sunday with the regular $900 handicapping contest on the action from Aqueduct. Doors open at noon each and every day. Ayers Ratlif  

Moreland Flash paced home for his 50th career victory, winning the 15th race at Northfield Park on Wednesday (October 19). The 10 year-old harness racing veteran, with 244 career starts, also has 25 seconds and 26 third place finishes. Moreland Flash (Memphis Flash-Carols Cliff-Camtastic) has career earnings of $147,880 with a lifetime mark of 1:51.4 over Northfield's Flying Turns at age seven. The pacer's richest win was in the $8,200 Billy Dart Series at Scioto Downs in 2009. Moreland Flash is a well-traveled campaigner -- his 50 wins have been spread across eight different racing surfaces. Moreland Flash started from the rail. He led his competition at every call through fractions of :27.2, :57, 1:25.4 and 1:55.1. He never experienced an anxious moment in the race and bested his competition by 5¾-lengths. He was the race favorite and returned $3.60 to win. Amy Wengerd trains Moreland Flash for owner Andrew Coblentz of Wooster, Ohio. Hunter Myers was aboard for the winning drive. Ayers Ratliff

Northfield Park is hosting the "Pace for the Cure" on Saturday (Oct. 15th), part of "Pinktober," a month-long effort to raise funds to fight breast cancer at the Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park. The one mile dash, which carries a purse of $7,500, is the fifth race on the live card and features all-female drivers to celebrate and help raise money for Susan G. Komen Northeast Ohio as part of the Hard Rock Rocksino Pinktober Campaign. "Northfield Park is committed to playing an active role in the Hard Rock Rocksino's Pinktober event," said Brent Reitz, Northfield Park Vice President and General Manager. "The 'Pace for the Cure' is a great way to highlight both harness racing and the awareness and support for breast cancer research." The race is the centerpiece event of an Oktoberfest Saturday, a night packed with plenty of activities for harness racing fans. There will be a dice roll for prizes (6-7 p.m.) and a beer slide (7-8 p.m.) with railbirds competing for prizes, as well as a Leinenkugel Stein hoist competition at 9 p.m. The Lady Luck Clubhouse will offer an Oktoberfest themed buffet from 6 to 9 p.m. for $14.95. Reservations can be made by calling 330-467-4101. Fan can also join in the drive to eliminate breast cancer by purchasing raffle tickets ($1 each or five for $3) and depositing their raffle tickets in bags that correspond with their favorite "Pace for the Cure" driver. Tickets from the winning bag will be entered into a drawing for prizes. Raffle tickets can be purchased at Northfield's promotional table on the first level of the grandstand on Saturday, starting at 5 p.m. and continuing until post time for the fifth race. In addition, fans can show their support for "The Pace" is to purchase a limited edition commemorative "Pace for the Cure" T-Shirts for only $10. The monies raised as a result of Pinktober at Northfield will help Susan G. Komen Northeast Ohio to provide vital services like free mammograms and clinical breast exams through partnerships with local healthcare facilities; diagnostic services, including ultrasounds, biopsies, and advanced services; and survivor support, including financial, transportation and other services. Among the participants in this year's Pace for the Cure is Devan Miller, perhaps the highest winning percentage female driver in the game today. Miller, winner of the Lady Pace Driving Championship at the historic Delaware County Fair on Sept. 20, has won eight of her 16 drives this year, with three runner-up finishes and a pair of thirds. Miller, 28 of Columbus, has license to be good. She is the daughter of David Miller, perhaps the most accomplished driver to hail from Ohio. Beaten in a photo finish in the Delaware race is Ulrika Fox, who'll compete in this year's Pace for the Cure. Fox has won six of 18 drives this year. Also set to square off in the Pace for the Cure are local trainer/drivers Rachel Kaneoka and Rosy Weaver, along with Jayne Weller, Jamie Coffy, Casey Wolfe, Christina Evans and Renee Bauslaugh. Weller is the most accomplished among the drivers. She has registered nearly 200 victories and is the daughter of June Weller, the only female to ever drive in harness racing's crown jewel, the Little Brown Jug. Admission and parking are free every day at Northfield Park. First race post time is 6 PM. Ayers Ratliff

Lakeisha Hall crossed the finish line faster than any other three year-old harness racing filly pacer in the history of Northfield Park when she won the $14,000 F&M Open Handicap in 1:52 on Saturday (October 1).  The clocking formally broke the 1:52.3 record held by both Pan And Teller (Brett Miller) set in 2004 and Purrfect Bags (Tim Tetrick) paced in 2015.  Burke Racing Stable LLC, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and Jack Piatt II own Lakeisha Hall.  Ron Burke is her conditioner and Ronnie Wrenn, Jr. was in the sulky for the winning drive.       Lakeisha Hall (Third Straight-Lantana-Art Major) started from post six.  She fired off the gate and led her competition through fractions of :27, :56.2, 1:24.2 and 1:52, besting her competition by seven lengths.  Lakeisha Hall now has seven wins in 11 starts this year.  Saturday’s victory represents her 11th career score and bolstered her bankroll to $242,325.  She returned $6.80 to win.    Ayers Ratliff

Ryan Stahl had a stellar night on Saturday (September 10) at Northfield Park by posting six wins on the 15-race harness racing program. Stahl's triumphs were with Tech Trade ($2.60) in race four, Mikeleh ($4.40) in race seven, Fountain Pen ($3.60) in race nine, Pop The Tags ($4.00) in race 11, Bestest Hanover ($3.80) in race 12 and Naked At The Beach ($7.20) in race 15. Stahl won his first race in 1994, a $3,127 stake event in 2:11, at his hometown fair in Tiffin, Ohio aboard Lojo's Sharp Baby. Since breaking his maiden, Ryan has scored 3,813 more times with purse earnings in excess of $14.2 million. Ayers Ratlif

With more than $2 million in purse being distributed over a 15-race harness racing card, the richest night of racing in Northfield Park history is on tap Saturday night (September 3), featuring a series of $250,000 races which will decide eight Ohio Sires Stakes champions. Two champions from last year - Miss Me Yet, now a three-year-old pacing filly, and MJB Got Faith, a three-year-old trotting colt - are back to defend their crowns. Three of Saturday's participants - Type A Grey, a juvenile filly pacer, Buckeye Boss, a juvenile trotting colt and Consolidator, a sophomore filly trotter - are putting perfect four-for-four Ohio Sires Stakes leg victories on the line. Here is a look at the eight championship races: Two-Year-Old Filly Trotters --- The top eight point earners have all entered. Division leader Let's Get Started, a winner of three of his four Ohio Sires legs, and driver Josh Sutton will have to work out a trip after drawing the No. 8 outside post. Amuse's, the other three-time winner among the juvenile filly trot finalists, drew well and will start from the No. 3 post with driver Peter Wrenn. The only time Amuse's has lost in six starts is when she twice broke stride. Chim Swift, who defeated Let's Get Started in the July 3 first leg of the OSS series at Northfield, will start from the No. 5 post with Aaron Merriman. Two-Year-Old Filly Pacers --- Type A Grey, one of just three horses to navigate the Ohio Sires Stakes four qualifying legs undefeated, heads the freshman filly pacers. She and driver Chris Page enjoyed a good draw and will depart from the No. 2 post. Bye Bye Felicia, winner of her first three OSS starts before finishing third in the final leg, drew the No. 5 post. The division was so deep that five leg winners failed to qualify for the final. Also missing will be Rosemary Rose, winner of her first two OSS legs, but absent since then. Two-Year-Old Colt Trotters --- Trainer Christopher Beaver has the numbers to dominate this final as he sends out the division's top three point-earners, including Buckeye Boss who was a perfect four-for-four in the OSS qualifying legs. Beaver's other pupils, Fraser Ridge (three wins) and Always A Good Time (two wins) complete his triple threat. Buckeye Boss, perfect in six career starts, drew the No. 5 post. Always A Good Thing and Fraser Ridge are directly to his inside, post position three and four, respectively. Two-Year-Old Colt Pacers --- A trio of triple leg winners - Drunk On Your Love, Barnabas and Ron's Pro - should insure that this final is highly competitive. The point leader is Drunk On Your Love who lost by a neck in the fourth leg to Ron's Pro. The latter couldn't overcome an eight-hole draw in the opening leg or he would be OSS perfect. Barnabas, who dropped a photo in the third leg, has posted the fastest mile in the field, a 1:53 1/5 spin at Scioto Downs on Aug. 24. Three-Year-Old Filly Trotters --- Consolidator, perfect in four OSS qualifying legs and owner of the division's fastest mile (1:55 1/5), drew the No. 1 post position in her bid for the championship. A TC Queenie, winner of three legs, is Consolidator's main rival. While they didn't square off in the OSS series, A TC Queenie upset Consolidator in the Ohio State Fair dash on July 29 at Scioto Downs. She will start in the No. 2 post position. Three-Year-Old Filly Pacers --- Miss Me Yet, the Ohio Sires Stakes champion as a freshman last year, seeks to complete a second half of the season comeback and has the rail post as a launching pad. The Brenda Teague-trainee was unplaced in the 2016 OSS opener, then skipped the second leg before posting victories in the third and fourth legs. Her main rival figures to be division point leader My Tweed Heart, a winner of three legs. She is on a three race winning streak and drew the No. 3 post. Three-Year-Old Colt Trotters --- MJB Got Faith, the 2015 freshman colt trotting champion who races for 11-year-old Breana Carsey, will need to believe in the power of overcoming a difficult post position after drawing the outside No. 8 starting spot for the final. He has won his last three OSS qualifying legs, including a triumph from the No. 8 post at Scioto Downs on July 15. Overdressed, also a winner of three qualifying legs but plagued recently by breaking issues, drew the No. 2 post. Three-Year-Old Colt Pacers --- The Super Night finale appears the most evenly matched of the eight championship miles, with six of the eight entrants each having won two qualifying legs. The participants' credentials are so balanced that the top three rated colts - Winwood Mac, Whataboy and Hustling Charley - all have 141 points. Winwood Mac has drawn the rail post, while Hustling Charley has the three slot and Whataboy starts from the No. 4 post. Failing to qualify for the final were Love Tap Hanover, last year's OSS champ at two, and Primo Giovanni, voted Ohio's two year-old colt pacer of 2015. In addition to watching the very best of Ohio racing, Saturday's patrons will be offered a $10,000 guaranteed Pick 5 pool and a $20,000 Pick 4 guaranteed pool. The Pick 5 begins in the third race; the Pick 4 starts in race eight. Other attractions include Seti's Polish Boys and B&M BBQ food trucks, as well as Crooked Kettle Popcorn. There will be live music featuring The Caliber Band, a Northfield Park t-shirt toss after each of the first 12 live races and Northfield Park Plinko. A special Lady Luck's Buffet created and inspired by Hard Rock Executive Chef Chris Poplin will be available for $19.95. Race fans are encouraged to call 330.467.4101 for reservations. Ayers Ratliff

Northfield Park is announcing the addition of a $10,000 Pick-5 total pool guarantee on harness racing Wednesday's prgram(August 24th).  Beginning in Race 3, the $10,000 Pick-5 guaranteed total pool includes a carryover of $2,022.71. 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        

Betting Line with harness racing driver David Miller in the sulky, won the $300,000 Carl Milstein Memorial at Northfield Park in 1:51 on Saturday (August 13). He started from post two and sat third through a :25.4 opening quarter. Miller pulled first over in the second turn and pressed the leader, Mr Wiggle Pants, through fractions of :54.4 and 1:22.3. Betting line bobbled around the final turn, but sprinted away after regaining composure, and bested his competition by four lengths. "I was just riding along with him up the backstretch and he started bearing in on me around the turn," explained Miller. "He got pinched and threw in a step or two. He proved again tonight that he has a high turn of speed and he can carry it a long way." Saturday's win is Betting Line's eighth consecutive victory. His lone loss this year was a runner-up performance in his 2016 Mowawk Racetrack debut. Betting Line (Bettor's Delight-Heather's Western-Western Hanover) increased his career bankroll to $1,427,422 for owners West Wins Stable, Christine Calhoun and Mac Nichol. Casie Coleman trains Betting line and was relieved her horse overcame many obstacles to win. "Tonight was the first time he was ever shipped a long way, it was his first time on a half and it was his first time leaving Canada," said Coleman. "I feel really good about how things turned out. I have to get his turns corrected before he goes to Delaware for the Jug, but he has all kinds of speed. He is just awesome." Completing the 2016 Milstein field were the filly Pure Country, Magnum J, Mr Wiggle Pants, Sintra, Duel Of Truth and Don'tcallmefrancis. Boston Red Rocks was scratched from the race. Leading up to the Milstein, the inaugural $50,000 Myron Charna President's Pace was won by Dancin Yankee in 1:51.3. Dancin Yankee was driven by Brett Miller for trainer Josh Green and owners Richard Lombardo and L&J Racing. The Charna will be an annual event for four year old and up Ohio sired pacers. Ayers Ratliff

It’s only going to the post for a third time, but Saturday’s $300,000 Carl Milstein Invitational at Northfield Park, featuring the red-hot pacer Betting Line in a field of eight 3-year-olds, is already recognized as one of the key races on the North American harness racing stakes calendar.     The race is named in honor of Carl Milstein, who owned and operated Northfield Park from 1984 until his death in 1999. His son, Brock Milstein, immediately took over as Chairman of Northfield Park and is now also the Chairman of Milstein Entertainment, LLC, majority owner of the Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park. In 1972, the senior Milstein, a Cleveland builder and real estate developer, headed a group of several partners, including George Steinbrenner, who purchased Northfield Park. They leased the facility to other operators through the early 1980s. The track lost significant amounts of money during that period before Milstein took full ownership and control. In late 1984 he successfully applied to the Ohio State Racing Commission for the necessary licenses and, beginning in January 1985, conducted permanent race meetings at Northfield of between 212 and 238 days every year. The starting lineup and the morning line odds for Northfield’s richest race were finalized Tuesday morning.  The horses, with their drivers and trainers and earlybird odds are: PP/Horse/Driver/Trainer/Odds 1          Mr Wiggle Pants         Kayne Kauffman        Jim Mulinix                 10-1 2          Betting Line                David Miller                Casie Coleman            3-5 3          Duel Of Truth             Chris Page                   Brian Brown               20-1 4          Sintra                           Jody Jamieson             David Menary             6-1 5          Don’tcallmefrancis      Yannick Gingras         Ron Burke                   8-1 6          Pure Country               Brett Miller                 Jimmy Takter              9-2 7          Magnum J                   Doug McNair              Gregg McNair             25-1 8          Boston Red Rocks      Ronnie Wrenn Jr.        Steve Elliott                12-1 The Milstein Memorial, being raced as an invitational for the first time, will be the 11th event of a 15-race card. First race post time is 6 p.m. Horsemen and harness insiders know that if they want to win the Little Brown Jug, the most revered event in harness racing, the path to glory first passes through the stable gates at Northfield. The last two Jug champions, Wiggle It Jiggleit and Limelight Beach, both raced in the Milstein. Milstein favorite Betting Line is on a fast track for the Jug and his trainer, Casie Coleman, knows plenty about winning the big race at the Delaware County Fairgrounds.  Coleman, just the second woman to train a Jug winner, has captured it twice, first with Michael’s Power in 2012 and then with Vegas Vacation the following year. Betting Line, a winner of 13 of 20 starts and $1,277,422, carries a seven-race win streak into the Milstein.  His latest score came in Sunday night’s $105,000 Ontario Sires Stakes Gold Series at Georgian Downs where he defeated Sintra, a Milstein rival, by a length in 1:51.4. “(He) was awesome, as he usually is,” Coleman told reporters after the Gold Series triumph. “He was steering and pacing perfect. I’m really happy with him. Now it’s off to Northfield.” Sintra is an interesting Milstein entry. He has won seven of 10 starts this year by a combined margin of 21 ¾ lengths. All three of his defeats have been to Betting Line. Magnum J, like Betting Line and Sintra, is shipping down from Canada for the Milstein. None of the three have ever started outside of Ontario. Magnum J also raced Saturday night at Georgian Downs, dropping a photo finish by a neck in a division of the Gold Series. The Milstein field includes its first female entry in Pure Country. Voted the top juvenile filly last year when she won all 10 of her starts, Pure Country has won six of 10 more starts this year and last Saturday finished fourth, beaten just 2 1/2 lengths in the $320,000 Cane Pace at The Meadowlands. Among the other Milstein entrants is the Buckeye-sired Mr Wiggle Pants, winner of the Ohio State Fair pace at Scioto Downs on July 30. Carl Milstein Memorial night at Northfield will also include a Legends Driver Challenge and the $50,000 Myron Charna President’s Pace for Ohio-bred pacers four years-old and up. Other attractions include Seti’s Polish Boys Food Truck, as well as Draeger’s Hot Fudge Sundaes and Crooked Kettle Popcorn. There will be live music featuring Unknown Reason, a Northfield Park T-Shirt Toss after each of the first 12 live races, a dice roll for prizes (from 8 to 9 p.m.) and an appearance from WMJI’s Chip Kullik from 6 to 8 p.m. A special Lady Luck’s Buffet created and inspired by Hard Rock Executive Chef Chris Poplin will be available for $21.95.  Race fans can call 330-467-4101 for reservations. Ayers Ratliff

The champions of harness racing's two richest events for sophomore pacers are expected to headline the field in the $300,000 Carl Milstein Memorial at Northfield Park on Saturday, August 13. The connections of Betting Line, winner of the $1,000,000 (Cdn.) North America Cup, and Control The Moment, who was victorious in the $732,050 Meadowlands Pace, have accepted invitations to compete in the Milstein. Being contested for the first time as an Invitational, the Carl Milstein Memorial, which debuted in 2014, is named in honor of the late Chairman of Northfield Park who was integral in saving the track from closing in the 1980's and building it into one of the most successful venues in harness racing. The other six top three-year-old pacers committed to go postward in the Milstein are two-year-old Breeders Crown Champion Boston Red Rocks, multiple New York Sires Stakes winner Missile J, who also captured the $300,000 Art Rooney Memorial at Yonkers, Pennsylvania Sires Stakes stalwart Adrian Hanover, Canadian standout Sintra, New Jersey Stakes winner Don'tcallmefrancis and Ohio Sires Stakes star Mr Wiggle Pants. The Milstein Night undercard will feature the inaugural $50,000 Myron Charna President's Pace, a $50,000 Invitational for veteran Ohio-bred pacers, named for Carl Milstein's right-hand man at both Northfield Park and in his real estate empire. Millionaire Dancin Yankee is expected to return to the Buckeye State to vie for supremacy in the deep field of Ohio-breds. Multiple $40,000 divisions of the Ohio Sires Stakes for sophomore colt pacers and a trio of $20,000 Open events for pacers, trotters and filly & mare pacers will also bolster the power-packed undercard. Northfield will offer a $20,000 Guaranteed Pick pool starting in race 8 which will be anchored by the Carl Milstein Memorial in race 11, which will also have a $30,000 Guaranteed trifecta pool. First race post time is 6:00 PM (Eastern). Ayers Ratliff  

Harness racing driver Ronnie Wrenn Jr. had a stellar night on Monday (July 18) at Northfield Park by posting eight wins on the 15-race program. Wrenn's triumphs were with Absolutely Certain ($3.20) in race one, Rusty's No Fool ($3.20) in race three, Cooter Dunn ($4.60) in race four, Thisoneandonemore ($3.20) in race eight, Like Old Times ($4.00) in race 10, Bettor's Choice ($2.60) in race 11, Hawaii And Sun ($3.00) in race 14 and Galex ($2.60) in race 15. Wrenn has been driving since 2008 and has since posted 3,349 career wins and has over $16 million in purse earnings. Ayers Ratlif  

Obrigado avenged last year's Cleveland Trotting Classic defeat with an impressive track record victory on Saturday (July 2). Last year's runner-up trotted like he had something to prove and bested his competition by 5 ¾-lengths. Obrigado ($3.40) started from the rail. He floated off the gate and two rivals were ahead of him at the 1/8-pole. Once the field was set, driver Mark MacDonald quarter-moved Obrigado. He took the lead just past the :27.2 opening quarter and never experienced an anxious moment the rest of the mile. He led his rivals through times of :56, 1:25 and 1:53.2. "He (Obrigado) is really sharp right now. I got him to the front and let things play out from there," said MacDonald. "Once this horse is near the lead, he does the rest." The 1:53.2 clocking replaces the 1:54.1 time of Kirty Dream (Aaron Merriman) as the fastest trotting mile ever on the Flying Turns for a five year-old and up gelded trotter. Kirty Dream's mark has held since 2014. Saturday's win is Obrigado's fourth win this year and 38th lifetime score, increasing his bankroll to $1,109,749 for owners Paul Kelley Racing Stable, SRF Stable, Linwood Higgins and Stable 45. Completing the $180,000 Cleveland Trotting Classic were Muscle Up The Goal, Shake It Cerry, Il Sogno Dream, Maestro Blue Chip, Homicide Hunter and Like Old Times. "This is a great horse to drive. I love driving for Paul Kelley, and his owners are extremely patient," explained Mac Donald. "It is very meaningful to win races for guys like them." by Ayres Ratliff, for Northfield Park

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