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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

Northfield Park is announcing the addition of a $30,000 Pick-4 total pool guarantee to Friday's (November 13) program.  Beginning in Race 8, the $30,000 Pick-4 guaranteed total pool includes a carryover of $6,437.46.  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  

Northfield Park has announced nine Progressive Claiming Series. "These claiming late closers are just part of the increased opportunities offered here at Northfield," said Dave Bianconi, Executive Vice President of Racing and Simulcasting. "These series give claimers a real opportunity to race for solid purses in each leg and a big money final."   Base claiming prices for the series are $5,000, $8,000 and $15,000, with those tags and purses increasing as horses compete in legs. Each of the claiming prices are offered for filly and mare pacers, horse and gelding pacers, and trotters.   A one-time $300 payment will be required of each entrant to be eligible. Payments are due by November 18.   Further information and nomination sheets for the series can be found in the Northfield Park race office or by going to www.northfieldpark.com. The link is near the bottom of Northfield's homepage.   by Ayres Ratliff, for Northfield Park    

Northfield Park is hosting a "Pace for the Cure" on Friday, October 16, an event that is part of "Pinktober", a month-long effort to raise funds to fight breast cancer at the Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park. The race features nine female drivers and is the second race on a 15 race harness racing card evening. Post time is 6 pm. "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 Pinktober "Pace for the Cure" will carry a $5,000 purse. Among the participants are local trainer/drivers Rachel Kaneoka and Rosy Weaver. The most accomplished among the guest drivers is Jayne Weller, who has scored nearly 200 victories. She is the daughter of June Weller, the only female to ever drive in harness racing's crown jewel, the Little Brown Jug. Hannah Miller, who has posted 26 victories so far this year, may have bloodlines that give her a leg up on the competition. Her brother, Marcus Miller, a prominent national driver has almost 2,300 wins and purse earnings in excess of $20 million. The race's other participants include: Mary Birkhold, Tabitha Canarr, Naquel Harvey, Stephanie Huebner and Casey Wolfe. Pinktober is celebrated each day in October at the Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park and hosts a variety of events to support local cancer-fighting efforts. A portion of the proceeds from the events benefit Susan G. Komen Northeast Ohio vision of a world without breast cancer. The monies raised as a result of Pinktober 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. Pinktober Charity Events/Concerts at the Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park: Thursday, October 15-7:00 p.m. - Rockin' Country Night-"Tips for the Cause" Live Country Music, Country Line Dancing & DJ Friday, October 16-6:00 p.m. -Pace For the Cure - "Racing for the Cause" Live Harness Racing Thursday, October 22-7:30 p.m. - EnVogue EnVouge to Auction Autographed Microphone Thursday, October 29- 7:30 p.m. - Dazz Band-"Dance for the Cause" Silent and Live Auction at 6:00 pm Ayers Ratliff

Hidden Land crossed the finish line faster than any harness racing female in the history of Northfield Park when she won the $13,000 Fillies and Mares Open Pace in 1:51.4 on Friday (October 2).  The clocking formally broke the 1:52 four year-old pacing mare record by Lease Ness Monster (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) set earlier this year. The partnership of William Sartin and Mark Salerno owns Hidden Land.  Brad Irvine is her conditioner and Don Irvine, Jr. was in the sulky for the winning drive.       Hidden Land (Badlands Hanover-Armbro Ocasey-Abercrombie) started from post eight.  She led her competition through fractions of :26.4, :55.3, 1:23.4 and 1:51.4.  There was never really an anxious moment for the winner, who bested her competition by 2 ½-lengths.       Hidden Land now has four wins in 28 starts this year.  Friday’s victory represents her ninth career score and bolstered her bankroll to $89,157.  She returned $18.00 to win.    Ayers Ratliff     

 Driver Don Irvine Jr. scored win 7,000 in the 4th race at the harness racing meeting at Northfield Park aboard Ridge Park.   Ridge Park sat back patiently as Sky Lauxmont (Elliot Deaton) set the early pace. Sky Lauxmont opened a 3 length lead early in the mile and no one made a real move until just past the ½ mile marker. Going to the ½ Blak Smokn Hot Rod (Kody Massey) could wait no longer and tipped to the outside to go after the leaders. He was followed by Ridge Park (Don Irvine Jr.) who had to tip three –wide as Blak Smokn Hot rod was not advancing. Going up the back stretch Sky Lauxmont still had a two length lead and took on all challengers, but Ridge Park’s three-wide move around the final turn proved to be the winning one.   Driver Don Irvine Jr. has made over $34 million dollars in career earnings to go along with his 7,000th win. In 2015 this marks his 93rd victory to go along with the just over $600,000 he has made this season. Irvine, 64, is always a fan favorite at Northfield Park and he was the leading driver over the Flying Turns in 1975, 1976, 1980, 1982, 1983, and 1984. His (Irvine’s) success at Northfield secured him the honor of being a Northfield Park Wall of Fame inductee in 1991.   Irvine currently sits 9th in the Northfield  Park driver standings 87 first place finishes throughout the 2015 season. Ayers Ratliff  

Ronnie Wrenn Jr. had a monster night on Friday (September 18) at Northfield Park by posting nine wins on the 15-race harness racing program. Wrenn's triumphs were with Lady Sand Terror ($3.40) in race one, Ultimate Winner ($3.40) in race two, Stonebridge Damsel ($2.60) in race three, Princess Baby Ella ($2.60) in race four, Cypress Hill Rose ($12.00) in race six, Bonnie's Beach ($2.80) in race seven, CG Satin ($5.00) in race eight, Schmatie ($3.20) in race 10 and Allie Oakley ($3.60) in race 13. Friday is the third time that Wrenn has posted nine wins on a single Northfield program. It is also the third time that he has been only one win shy of Northfield's record of the most wins in a single card. That record was set in 1999 by Walter Case Jr. Friday's stellar performance is also one win shy of Ronnie's personal best of 10 wins on a single card, set in 2013 at Northville Downs. Wrenn is the 2013 and 2014 National Dash Driving Champion and is currently second in 2015. He won 714 races in 2013, 847 in 2014 and has posted 588 victories so far this year. His win tally is 12 behind Aaron Merriman, who he beat by only six wins last year. Wrenn is Northfield's leading driver with 552 local wins so far this year. Aaron Merriman (366), Jason Merriman (186), Ryan Stahl (150) and Kurt Sugg (138) complete the top five. Winning a Northfield driving title is nothing new to Ronnie, who won Northfield's 2013 and 2014 local titles. Wrenn has been driving since 2008 and has since posted 2,760 career wins and is approaching $13 million is purse earnings. Ayers Ratliff

Fountain Pen paced home for her sixth straight win Tuesday (September 15) in Northfield Park's 13th race. The three year-old filly is owned by Winbak Farm of Chesapeake City, MD and trained by Don Pfister. Kurt Sugg was aboard for the winning drive. Fountain Pen started from post four and made every pole a winning one through fractional times of :28.1, :57.3, 1:26.2 and 1:55. She never experienced an anxious moment in the mile and was two lengths ahead of her competition at the wire. Tuesday's triumph was the seventh career success for Fountain Pen (Veeza-Puccini Blue Chip-Magical Mike) and increased her lifetime earnings to $29,566. She was the overwhelming favorite and returned $2.80 to win. Fountain Pen moved to Northfield in early August with only one win in 12 starts. However, she has excelled under Pfister's tutelage and remains undefeated over the Flying Turns. Northfield Park Adds $15,000 Pick-5 Total Pool Guarantee to Wednesday’s Card Northfield Park is announcing the addition of a $15,000 Pick-5 total pool guarantee to Wednesday’s (September 16) program.  Beginning in Race 3, the $15,000 Pick-5 guaranteed total pool includes a carryover of $2,092.95. 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    

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