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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

A festive and well-attended harness racing evening was made even better for the Burke Racing Stable, Panhellenic Stable, Weaver Bruscemi and Lawrence Karr, when their horse Sassa Hanover won the $120,000 Courageous Lady at Northfield Park. Trained by Ron Burke and driven by North America's leading money-winning driver, Yannick Gingras, Sassa Hanover prevailed in 1:52.1, a stake and track record performance for three-year-old filly pacers. After blasting off the gate and pressing to get the lead through a :26 opening quarter on a sloppy track, Sassa Hanvoer led unchallenged through middle fractions of :55 and 1:23.2. Turning for home Gingras enjoyed a 2-1/2 length lead but hung on by only a head over hard-charging Bettor N Better (Tim Tetrick). "I thought she (Bettor N Better) got me in the last step," said Gingras. "Sassa had to work very hard to get on top. She was tired but did everything she could to find the wire a winner." Sassa Hanover (Rock N Roll Heaven - Sayo Hanover - Allamerican Native) now has 16 wins in 34 lifetime starts. Friday's victory increased her career bankroll to $1,008,469. She went to post as the bettors' choice and returned $3.60 to win. Completing the field were Bettor N Better, Southwind Roulette, Somewhere Sweet, Purrfect Bags, Luck Be A Lindy, Triple V Hanover and Band Of Angels. Sassa Hanover $10,651.90 Carryover Sparks $40,000 Guaranteed Pick-5 Total Pool Sunday at Northfield Park Northfield Park is announcing the addition of a $40,000 Pick-5 total pool guarantee to Sunday’s (November 29) program.  Beginning in Race 3, the $40,000 Pick-5 guaranteed total pool includes a carryover of $10,651.90. 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

Grand Circuit action is in full-swing at Northfield Park on Friday (November 27) as the $120,000 Courageous Lady has drawn an impressive slate of talent. The Friday feature is an open event for North America's top 3-year-old-filly pacers and will be the 11th of a 15 race program. A $10,000 guaranteed Pick-4 pool has been added to Friday's program. The multi-race wager will begin in race eight and conclude with the Courageous Lady. The 2015 Courageous Lady Field: #1 Triple V Hanover draws the rail for trainer Brian Brown and owners Donald Robinson, King McNamara and Strollin Stable. With six wins to her credit and finishing in the top three in 12 of 22 starts, this filly has $183,228 in earnings and a career best of 1:50.3 at Pocono Downs. The daughter of Somebeachsomewhere has victories in a $60,000 leg of the Pennsylvania Sires Stakes at Pocono Downs, the $32,950 Circuit City Pace at Hoosier Park and the $32,000 All-Stars Pace at Pocono. Northfield Park's leading driver, Ronnie Wrenn Jr., has been given the driving assignment with the 7-2 morning-line second choice. #2 Southwind Roulette is one of three daughters of Somebeachsomewhere and one of two entries from the powerful Ron Burke Stable in this year's edition of the Courageous Lady. She has five lifetime successes, but is winless this year despite an impressive 11 on-the-board finishes in 17 starts. She earned her 1:51.4 mark as a freshman at Pocono Downs and has bankrolled $505,065. This filly is owned by Bradley Grant and Howard Taylor and will be driven by Matt Kakaley. Southwind Roulette was the winner of last year's $260,000 Pennsylvania Sires Stakes Final at Pocono Downs, three divisions of the Pennsylvania Sires Stakes and the $30,400 Pennsylvania All-Stars at Pocono. She enters this race off a 1:55.2 winning qualifier at The Meadows and is the field's 4-1 morning line third choice. #3 Sassa Hanover sports career earnings of $948,469. She has 33 lifetime starts with 15 wins and 24 top-three finishes. This filly is a daughter of Rock N Roll Heaven with a lifetime mark of 1:49.4 at Mohawk Raceway. Sassa Hanover, owned by the partnership of Burke Racing Stable, Panhellenic Stable and Weaver Bruscemi, is trained by Ron Burke. This year Sassa Hanover won the $151,350 Jugette and the $50,450 Jugette elimination at the Delaware County Fairgrounds, the $55,125 Adioo Volo at The Meadows, two New York Sires Stakes eliminations and the $28,350 Fan Hanover at Mohawk Raceway. She has been named the 2-1 morning line favorite and has the services of North America's leading money-winning driver, Yannick Gingras. #4 Somewhere Sweet enters this event having won two of her last three races. The daughter of Somebeachsomewhere is owned by Miller's Stable Inc. and is trained at the historic Delaware County Fairgrounds by Brian Brown. She sports $216,594 in earnings and has eight wins and 16 top-three finishes in 23 career starts. Somewhere Sweet's 1:51.1 lifetime mark just came at The Meadows on October 5. She was victorious this year in a $71,472 division of the Pennsylvania Sires Stakes at Harrah's Philadelphia, the $34,500 Keystone Classic at The Meadows and the $32,000 All-Stars Pace at Pocono Downs. Aaron Merriman has been named to drive this 10-1 morning line contender. Merriman has won more races than any other driver in Northfield Park's 58-year history and is a member of Northfield Park's Wall of Fame. #5 Bettor N Better is a newcomer to the barn of Jeffrey Bamond Jr. and owners Bamond Racing LLC. This recent purchase from Ron Burke has eight wins in 29 lifetime starts and earnings of $365,656. Her 1:51 mark was paced last year at the Red Mile. The daughter of Bettor's Delight won a $50,450 elimination of the Jugette at the Delaware County Fairgrounds and two divisions of New York Sires Stakes. Bettor N Better makes her second start for her new connections and enters the Courageous Lady after finishing third in the $173,500 Tarport Hap at the Meadowlands. The 6-1 morning line selection will be driven by Tim Tetrick. #6 Band Of Angels is owned by WJ Donovan and trained by Tony Alagna. This filly has 28 career starts, winning 12 races and finishing in the top three 19 times. Her 1:50 lifetime mark was paced earlier this year at the Meadowlands. Band Of Angels is a daughter of Rock N Roll Heaven and has career earnings of $484,038. Ryan Stahl has been listed to drive the 12-1 morning-line contender. Band Of Angels won this year's $225,000 New York Sires Stakes Final at Yonkers Raceway and three divisions of the NY Sires Stakes. #7 Luck Be A Lindy enters this event having won four of her last five starts and is one of two fillies in this event by Bettor's Delight. Her victories include the $47,750 Massachusetts Sires Stake Final at Plainridge Park, the $50,000 New York Consolation at Vernon Downs and the $25,000 USS Indianapolis Memorial at Hoosier Park. Frank Antonacci trains Luck Be A Lindy for owner Lindy Racing Stable. She has nine career wins in 20 starts and earnings of $144,797. Her 1:51 lifetime mark was paced at Vernon Downs. Jason Merriman is scheduled to pilot this 20-1 morning-line contender. #8 Purrfect Bags enters this event for owner and trainer Joann Looney-King. The daughter of Roddy's Bags Again has 10 wins in 14 starts this year. She is the only horse to have raced over The Flying Turns, posting a stellar performance and tying a track record in 1:52.3. Her victories this year include the $117,724 Lismore Final at Yonkers Raceway, the $116,430 Lady Maude at Yonkers and the $100,000 Delaware Standardbred at Harrington Raceway. This filly has a 1:51.2 lifetime mark at Harrington Raceway and earnings of $364,347. Victor Kirby is coming in to drive this 15-1 contender. Black Friday Prize Drawings will take place all night. Attendees could win $1,000 cash, a forty inch LED Insignia Roku television, and concert tickets in Hard Rock Live. Many electronics and household items will also be given away. Northfield Park's Lady Luck's Clubhouse Restaurant opens at 5:30 p.m. The restaurant is featuring a special $19.95 Courageous Lady buffet. Reservations are preferred and can be made by calling 330-467-4101. by Ayers Ratliff, for Northfield Park

The $120,000 Courageous Lady goes postward at this Friday evenings (November 27) harness racing meeting at Northfield Park. The Grand Circuit race is an open event for North America's top 3-year-old-filly pacers and has once again attracted an impressive slate of talent. This year's Jugette winner, Sassa Hanover, will start from post three and has been named the 2-1 early favorite by Northfield Park Executive Vice President of Racing and Simulcasting Dave Bianconi. A Courageous Lady victory would push Sassa Hanover's earnings in excess of $1 Million. The Ron Burke trainee has posted six victories this year, including a 1:49.4 win at Canada's Mohawk Raceway. Burke has given the driving assignment to national driving star Yannick Gingras. The morning line second choice, Triple V Hanover, has drawn the rail for trainer Brian Brown. She enters this event off a runner-up finish in the $120,000 American National at Balmoral Park and has career earnings approaching $200,000. Northfield Park's leading driver, Ronnie Wrenn Jr., has been named to pilot. Ron Burke and Brian Brown each have entered two fillies in Friday's featured event. Burke will also start Southwind Roulette, the 4-1 morning-line third choice with Matt Kakaley from post two. Brown will harness Somewhere Sweet for Aaron Merriman and carries a 10-1 morning line from post four. Below is the complete Courageous Lady field. PP  Horse  Trainer  Driver  Morning Line 1 Triple V Hanover Brian Brown Ronnie Wrenn Jr. 7-2 2 Southwind Roulette Ron Burke Matt Kakaley 4-1 3 Sassa Hanover Ron Burke Yannick Gingras 2-1 4 Somewhere Sweet Brian Brown Aaron Merriman 10-1 5 Bettor N Better Jeffrey Bamond Jr. Tim Tetrick 6-1 6 Band Of Angels Tony Alagna Ronnie Wrenn Jr. 12-1 7 Luck Be A Lindy Frank Antonacci Ronnie Wrenn Jr. 20-1 8 Purrfect Bags JoAnn Looney-King Victor Kirby 15-1 *Final drivers are due 9 p.m. on Monday, November 23. This year's Courageous Lady has been slated as race eleven on 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. Black Friday Prize Drawings will take place all night. Attendees could win $1,000 cash, a forty inch LED Insignia Roku television, and concert tickets in Hard Rock Live. Many electronics and household items will also be given away. Northfield Park's Lady Luck's Clubhouse Restaurant opens at 5:30 p.m. The restaurant is featuring a special $19.95 Courageous Lady buffet. Reservations are preferred and can be made by calling 330-467-4101. Ayers Ratliff

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