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Last year's Indiana Sire Stake Champion, Odds On Osiris, left the Hoosier State for the first time to compete, and made it count by winning the $250,000 Carl Milstein Memorial at MGM Northfield Park. Odds On Osiris left from post two to take the initial lead before relinquishing the top to #8 Ocean Rock (Dan Noble). "My plan was to try and hold position around the one (Catch The Fire), but he didn't get out that strong," explained driver Peter Wrenn. "Then I had the lead and controlled the decision from there." Odds On Osiris was content receiving the garden trip through fractions of :26, :55 and 1:22.1. Wrenn pulled Odds On Osiris in the final turn and he battled Ocean Rock to the wire, eventually besting him by ¼-length in 1:50.1. The clocking represents a new lifetime mark for Odds On Osiris.   Odds On Osiris (Rockin Image - Antigua Hanover - Somebeachsomewhere) is owned by Odds on Racing of Boca Raton, Florida. Saturday's victory is the ninth score for Odds On Osiris. The win brings the Melanie Wrenn trainee's earnings to $500,395. Following in succession after Odds On Osiris were: Ocean Rock (Dan Noble), Stanford Court (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.), Chief Mate (Scott Zeron), Manticore (Chris Lems), Elver Hanover (Chris Page), Catch The Fire (Mike Wilder) and Slippin The Clutch (Aaron Merriman. Odds On Osiris returned $15.00 to win. In the race before the Milstein, Sectionline Bigry captured the $50,000 Myron Charna President's Pace. The Ohio-sired event by invitation began in 2016. Sctionline Bigry was another pocket sitting winner, leaving from post five to sit behind #6 Bllack Hole (Ronnie Wrenn Jr.) untils1r the top of the stretch. Driver Tyler Smith called on him for pace and he won by a neck in 1:49.2. Steve Bauder trains Sectionline Bigry for Harold Lee Bauder of Delaware, Ohio. Highlighting the evening's Ohio Sires Stake events, Action Uncle remained undefeated by winning in 1:55. The sophomore trotting colt by Uncle Peter is now a perfect six-for-six this year for owners Carl Howard, Joyce Mc Clelland and Larry Wills, trainer Virgil Morgan, Jr. and driver Brett Miller. by Ayers Ratliff, for MGM Northfield Park

The $250,000 Carl Milstein Memorial goes to post this Saturday August 15 at MGM Northfield Park. The race is for eight 3-year-old pacers and is Northfield Park's premier racing event. An invitational only event, is slated as race 10 on a 16-race program which carries a 6 p.m. first-race post time. The feature is slated for approximately 9:35 p.m. This year's Milstein Memorial program carries total purses approaching $600,000. The program includes the $50,000 Myron Charna President's Pace, a race for older Ohio-sired pacers (by invitation only), two $50,000 divisions of Ohio Sires Stakes for 3-year-old trotting colts, two $50,000 divisions of Ohio Sires Stakes for 3-year-old pacing fillies, as well as a $14,500 Open event. A $20,000 Early Pick-4 guaranteed pool starts in race seven and includes both the Charna and the Milstein, and the late Pick-4 beginning in race 11 has a $10,000 guaranteed pool. For FREE Daily Racing Form past performance lines check out the Northfield page on DRF.com by clicking here https://promos.drf.com/northfieldpark2020 Here is a look at the eight contenders: #1 CATCH THE FIRE has been named the 2-1 morning-line favorite. The son of Captaintreacherous enters the Milstein fresh off an August 1 victory in the $375,000 Adios at The Meadows, located near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in 1:49.3. That time was equaled the week prior with a victory in the Adios Elimination. He has five races this year and has paced sub-1:50 in each. The John Ackley trainee has banked $466,413 in purses throughout his young career and drew the rail in Saturday's main event. Catch The Fire is Buckeye owned by C T Stables LLC of Washington Court House, and is trained by Ohioan John Ackley. They will use Catch The Fire's regular pilot Mike Wilder to drive. #2 ODDS ON OSIRIS, the 2019 Indiana Sires Stake Champion, drew post two and is the 7-2 second choice. This son of Rockin Image just missed in his most recent race, getting nipped at the wire in 1:48.4 in an Indiana SS event. This top Hoosier performer has won eight of 13 lifetime starts and has earned $375,395 for owner Odds On Racing of Boca Raton, Florida. Peter Wrenn will drive for his wife, trainer Melanie Wrenn. His 1:50.3 lifetime mark was paced as a freshman at Hoosier Park and was equaled this year, just two starts ago with an Indiana SS victory. #3 ELVER HANOVER the 2019 Ohio Sires Stakes champion drew post three and is the 4-1 third choice. Undefeated through nine starts as a freshman, Elver Hanover now has won 10 of 13 career efforts, with earnings of $422,700. Harness racing's all-time leading trainer in both money and wins, Ron Burke, conditions this gelding for owners Burke Racing Stable, B. Jablonsky, J. Melillo and J&T Silva-Purnel & Libby. Burke won the inaugural Carl Milstein Memorial with All Bets Off. Chris Page will drive this son of Yankee Cruiser. His 1:48.3 mark was paced last year in a World Record performance at The Red Mile. #4 STANFORD COURT has proven himself a major presence in the Ohio stakes scene this year. This colt, by Knob Hill High, is trained at the historic Delaware County Fairgrounds by Brian Brown, who won the 2017 Milstein with Downbytheseaside. He is owned by R. Mondillo & Rich Lombardo Racing, Hen-Shaut Stable and Lightning 5 Racing Stable. He has won four of six starts this year, with two runner-up finishes. This colt has career earnings of $186,710 and a 1:50.1 mark paced two starts ago at Scioto Downs. One of MGM Northfield Park's top-reinsmen, Ronnie Wrenn Jr., will drive this 6-1 morning line selection. #5 SLIPPIN THE CLUTCH is an Iowa Fair phenom, winning 10 of 14 races last year and seven of eight so far in 2020. This colt, by Millionaire Cam, enters this race for trainer Curtis Carey, who raced another Iowa Fair monster, Minnie Vinnie, in the 2018 edition of the Milstein and finished third at odds of 55-1. This is the second time Slippin The Clutch will leave Iowa, he was a runner-up last September at The Red Mile, pacing in 1:50.4. This horse is owned by J. De Long, R.and C. Huffman and T. Carey. MGM Northfield Park's leading driver Aaron Merriman, who has also won multiple North American dash titles, has been given the driving assignment. He sports a 1:57.2 mark on a much different surface that he will race on tonight. This colt has lifetime earnings of $56,635 and carries a 15-1 morning line. #6 MANTICORE is a stakes veteran trained by Bruce Saunders, who also campaigned 2010 Little Brown Jug Champion and Horse of the Year Rock N Roll Heaven. This colt by Western Ideal is owned by M&L of Delaware LLC and M&M Harness Racing LLC. Northfield Park regular, Chris Lems, has been named to drive this 12-1 shot. Manticore has three wins to his credit, earning $244,056 and posting a mark of 1:50.2 (Q) at the Meadowlands on July 31. #7 CHIEF MATE is trained by Tony Alagna, one of the sport's best, who also campaigned Chief Mate's sire (and sire of #1), multiple stakes winner Captaintreacherous. Alagna just notched the biggest win of his career this past Saturday when his trotting pupil Ramona Hill won the $1,000,000 Hambletonian. Chief Mate has won six of 19 career starts, earning 197,794. He posted his 1:50 mark last month at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. This colt was an impressive runner-up in this year's Adios and carries a 10-1 morning line. #8 OCEAN ROCK 8-1, has nine wins in 15 lifetime starts. This son of Rockin Amadeus enters this event off two straight wins facing the best in the Buckeye State. Driver Dan Noble's father, Sam "Chip" Noble, a legendary Ohio horseman, trained Ocean Rock's dam, Ocean Pearl, during her career for owner/breeder Sandra Burnett. Ocean Rock's 1:48.4 lifetime mark was paced last month and is a track record at Scioto Downs. He boasts $285,677 in earnings and is trained by Christi Noble. Christi, Dan's wife, is expecting their first child any day. by Ayers Ratliff, for Northfield Park

Hightstown, NJ - After winning his first 10 harness racing career starts, Elver Hanover has found himself on the other side of a streak, dropping three races in a row. He will look to halt the skid Saturday (Aug. 15) when he meets seven rivals in the $250,000 Carl Milstein Memorial at Northfield Park. Elver Hanover, who was Ohio's 2019 Horse of the Year, starts the Milstein from post three with driver Chris Page. He is 4-1 on the morning line, the third choice behind Delvin Miller Adios winner Catch The Fire (2-1) and Indiana's 2019 Pacer of the Year Odds On Osiris (7-2). Catch The Fire starts from post one and Odds On Osiris from post two. Ocean Rock, who set a world record at Northfield last season and handed Elver Hanover his first loss with a track-record performance at Scioto Downs in July, leaves from post eight and is 8-1. "We're in a good spot," Page said. "There's going to be plenty of action, and I've got a lot of options in the race. My horse can do it any way I want him to. "It's going to be a fun race to watch and a better race to drive." Elver Hanover, a son of Yankee Cruiser out of Edra Hanover, won all nine of his starts at age 2. He captured the Ohio Sire Stakes championship at Northfield in 1:51.2 over a sloppy surface, missing Ocean Rock's world record for a 2-year-old gelding pacer on a half-mile track by one-fifth of a second. Two starts later, he became the fastest 2-year-old male pacer in history with a 1:48.3 win in a Bluegrass Stakes division at Lexington's Red Mile. He battled sickness earlier this year, resulting in a nearly month-long gap between qualifiers, but won his seasonal debut in a division of the Ohio Sire Stakes at Scioto on June 26. After suffering his loss to Ocean Rocks in an Ohio Sire Stakes split three weeks later, he finished third in his elimination of the Adios and fifth, beaten one length from post nine, in the final. "When you have a horse that went undefeated last year and set a world record, he's got pretty big shoes to fill, high expectations," Page said. "This year, he's still racing very good, and just missing. He was fifth in the Adios and just as easily could have been second. It was a blanket finish. "The horse is getting tighter each week, better every start. I look for him to race very good. He's raced on that (Northfield) surface before, so he's familiar with the track. He gets around a half good. I think it's all system's go this weekend. Hopefully all the stars align for us come Saturday." Elver Hanover is trained by Ron Burke and owned by Burke Racing, Bridgette Jablonsky, Jason Melillo, and J&T Silva-Purnel & Libby. He has earned $422,700 in his career. The Milstein Memorial is race 10, with an estimated 9 p.m. (EDT) post time. The event is named in memory of the former longtime owner of Northfield Park, Carl Milstein, who passed away in 1999. Racing begins at 6 p.m. Saturday. For complete entries, click here. by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA

Harness racing this Week: Dan Patch, Hoosier Park, Anderson, Ind.; Carl Milstein Memorial, Northfield Park, Northfield, Ohio; Fox Stake, the Ralph Wilfong, the Horseman Stakes and the Hoosier Stakes, Indiana State Fair, Indianapolis, Ind.; Crawford Farms Trot, Joie De Vie and Artiscape, Tioga Downs, Nichols, N.Y.; and Gold Cup and Saucer trials, Red Shores Racetrack & Casino, Charlottetown, PEI. Schedule of events: An extremely busy week of Grand Circuit action kicks off this Wednesday (Aug. 12) as the Indiana State Fair will host one day of Grand Circuit racing with the feature being the $57,235 Fox Stake for 2-year-old colt pacers. The co-featured event is the $33,530 Ralph Wilfong for 2-year-old colt trotters. The Hoosier Stakes for 2-year-olds will see two divisions in the $21,576 2-year-old colt trot and single divisions in the $21,085 2-year-old filly pace, the $20,677 2-year-old colt pace and the $19,835 2-year-old filly trot. The Horseman Stakes for 3-year-olds features single divisions in the $31,502 3-year-old colt trot, the $29,632 3-year-old filly trot, the $29,027 3-year-old colt pace, and the $27,307 3-year-old filly pace. Friday night (Aug. 14) at Hoosier Park will feature the $225,000 Dan Patch for older pacing horses. On Saturday (Aug. 15), Northfield Park will host the $250,000 Carl Milstein Memorial for 3-year-old pacers. Also on Saturday, Red Shores Racetrack & Casino will host one of two C$12,500 trials for the Gold Cup and Saucer for older pacers. The second trial will be held on Monday (Aug. 17). The week's action will continue on Sunday (Aug. 16) at Tioga Downs with the $175,000 (est.) Crawford Farms Trot for older open trotters, the $175,000 (est.) Joie De Vie for older trotting mares and the $175,000 (est.) Artiscape for older pacing mares. Complete entries for the U.S. races are available at this link. Entries for the Red Shores Racetrack & Casino races are available at this link. Last time: The sensational filly Ramona Hill took a well-deserved gulp from the Hambletonian trophy after beating the boys on Saturday (Aug. 8) in the $1 million trotting classic at The Meadowlands Racetrack. The victory, the 15th by a filly in the race's illustrious history, was hardly a surprise. She was the 2-5 favorite following the previous week's jaw-dropping win from an impossible spot, kicking home with a :25.4 final quarter in the Hambletonian eliminations. Ramona Hill's 1:50.1 time equaled Muscle Hill's mark for the fastest Hambletonian final. USTA/Ken Weingartner photo. She was just as good in the final. Andy McCarthy turned Ramona Hill loose down the backside and she easily surged past Threefiftytwo to take command for good. Through the lane, Ramona Hill remained solidly in command, beating Ready For Moni by a length with Back Of The Neck third. The time for the mile only confirmed what observers already knew: Ramona Hill is the real deal. The 1:50.1 clocking equaled the stakes mark set by her sire Muscle Hill in 2009. It was the first Hambletonian victory for McCarthy and trainer Tony Alagna, who took a very patient approach with his talented filly. The race was only her fourth of the year and 11th of her career. "People talked earlier about how COVID affected this filly's schedule," Alagna said. "Honestly, this was our schedule from the beginning, with or without COVID. She's very much like a Thoroughbred. She doesn't need the starts to be at her best." Of course, the Hambletonian Oaks for fillies earlier in the day was a possible target. But after Ramona Hill cruised to a convincing win in the Del Miller on July 18, Alagna set his sights on the bigger goal. "We always had it (the Hambletonian) in the back of our minds, but nobody wanted to be the first one to say it," Alagna said. "After the Del Miller, it became a reality." It had already been a great afternoon for McCarthy with four victories. Number five, the Hambletonian, will be the one he'll always remember. "It was a very good start to the day and I was trying to keep my cool, and I was trying to let it sink in too much because I still had a lot of work to do," McCarthy said. The driver and the filly completed the mission in style. "The adrenaline you get from winning a race like this, words can't explain it," the Australian reinsman said. "It's an amazing event and a privilege to be involved." With the victory, Ramona Hill improved her record to 9-0-2 in 11 starts for Brad Grant, Crawford Farms Racing, Robert LeBlanc and In The Gym Partners. The 2019 Breeders Crown and Dan Patch Award winner is the second filly to capture the Hambletonian in the last three renewals, joining Atlanta (2018). Complete recaps of all the weekend races are available at the Grand Circuit website. Grand Circuit Standings: In 2020, the Grand Circuit leaders in three categories (driver, trainer and owner) will once again be tracked on a points system (20-10-5 for the top three finishers in divisions/finals and 10-5-2 for the top three finishers in eliminations/legs). Winbak Farms is the sponsor for the 2020 Grand Circuit awards. Here are the leaders following this past weekend: Drivers: 1. Yannick Gingras - 327; 2. Tim Tetrick - 244; 3. Andrew McCarthy - 237; 4t. Dexter Dunn - 219; 4t. Brian Sears - 219. Trainers: 1. Ron Burke - 311; 2. Nancy Takter - 250; 3. Marcus Melander - 203; 4. Tony Alagna - 192; 5. Ake Svanstedt - 164. Owners: 1. S R F Stable - 82.5; 2. Brad Grant - 82.4; 3, Courant Inc. - 67; 4. Burke Racing Stable - 65; 5. Crawford Farms Racing - 59.7. Looking ahead: Grand Circuit action will be taking place next week at Vernon Downs, Woodbine Mohawk Park and Red Shores Racetrack & Casino. Vernon will host the Zweig Memorial races for 3-year-old colt and filly trotters; Woodbine Mohawk Park will have eliminations for the North America Cup for 3-year-old open pacers, the Fan Hanover for 3-year-old filly pacers, the Roses Are Red for open pacing mares and the Armbro Flight for older trotting mares; and Red Shores Racetrack & Casino has the Gold Cup and Saucer final. by Paul Ramlow, for the Grand Circuit  

Catch The Fire has been named the 2-1 morning line favorite in Saturday's (August 15) $250,000 Carl Milstein Memorial at MGM Northfield Park. The top money-earner in the field headlines an accomplished group of eight three-year-old harness racing pacers in Northfield Park's premier event. The Milstein, an by invitation only event, is slated as race 10 on a 16-race program that carries a 6 PM first-race post time. The feature race is slated for approximately 9:35 p.m. Catch The Fire enters the Milstein fresh off an August 1 victory in the $375,000 Adios at The Meadows, located near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in 1:49.3. That time was equaled the week prior with a victory in the Adios Elimination. He has five races this year and has paced sub-1:50 in each. The John Ackley trainee has banked $468,413 in purses throughout his young career and drew the rail in Saturday's main event. Catch The Fire is Buckeye owned by C T Stables LLC of Washington Court House, and is trained by Ohioan John Ackley. They will use Catch The Fire's regular pilot Mike Wilder to drive. Odds On Osiris, the 2019 Indiana Sires Stake Champion, drew post two and is the 7-2 second choice. He just missed in his most recent race, getting nipped at the wire in 1:48.4 in an Indiana SS event. This top Hoosier performer has won eight of 13 lifetime starts and has earned $375,395 for owner Odds On Racing of Boca Raton, Florida. Peter Wrenn will drive for his wife, trainer Melanie Wrenn. 2019 Ohio Sires Stakes champion Elver Hanover drew post three and is the 4-1 third choice. Undefeated through nine starts as a freshman, Elver Hanover now has won 10 of 13 career efforts, with earnings of $422,700. Harness racing's all-time leading trainer Ron Burke conditions this gelding for owners Burke Racing Stable, B. Jablonsky, J. Melillo and J&T Silva-Purnel & Libby. Chris Page will drive. Ohio Sires Stakes standouts Stanford Court, 6-1 (Ronnie Wrenn Jr. / Brian Brown) and Ocean Rock, 8-1 (Dan Noble / Christi Noble), Iowa Fair Phenom Slippin The Clutch, 15-1 (Aaron Merriman / Curtis Carey), stakes veteran Manticore , 12-1 (Jordan Stratton / Bruce Saunders), and Adios runner-up Chief Mate, 10-1 (Scott Zeron / Tony Alagna) are also slated starters in the impressive field. The $250,000 Carl Milstein Memorial Post-Horse-Driver-Trainer-M/L 1-Catch The Fire-Mike Wilder-John Ackley-2/1 2-Odds On Osiris-Peter Wrenn-Melanie Wrenn-7/2 3-Elver Hanover-Chris Page-Ron Burke-4/1 4-Stanford Court-Ronnie Wrenn Jr-Brian Brown-6/1 5-Slippin The Clutch-Aaron Merriman-Curtis Carey-15/1 6-Manticore-Jordan Stratton-Bruce Saunders-12/1 7-Chief Mate-Scott Zeron-Tony Alagna-10/1 8-Ocean Rock-Dan Noble-Christi Noble-8/1 The race is named in honor of Carl Milstein, who owned Northfield Park from 1984 until his death in 1999. Brock Milstein and the Milstein family operated Northfield Park until July 2018 when MGM Growth Properties purchased the racetrack from Milstein Entertainment, LLC. Exciting undercard This year's Milstein Memorial program carries total purses approaching $600,000. The 16-race program includes the $50,000 Myron Charna President's Pace, a race for 4-year-old and up Ohio sired pacers (by invitation only), two $50,000 divisions of Ohio Sires Stakes for 3-year-old colt trotters, two $50,000 divisions of Ohio Sires Stakes for 3-year-old filly pacers, as well as a $14,500 Open event. A $20,000 Early Pick-4 guaranteed pool starts in race seven and consists of both the Charna and the Milstein and a late Pick-4 begins in race 11 offering a $10,000 guaranteed pool. by Ayers Ratliff, for MGM Northfield Park

Northfield, OH--MGM Northfield Park's premier event on the harness racing calendar, the Carl Milstein Memorial, a by-invitation-only event for the sport's top three-year-old pacers, will be raced for a $250,000 purse on Saturday night, August 15. Uncertainty caused by the Covid-19 pandemic forced the cancellation of two of Northfield's earlier stakes events in 2020, the Battle of Lake Erie and the Cleveland Trotting Classic. "All of us at MGM Northfield Park are pleased that the Carl Milstein Memorial is a go on August 15," said Dave Bianconi, Northfield's Director of Racing Operations. "I have been in contact with the connections of many top three-year-olds across North America to assemble a great field for our top night of racing this year." The undercard for the Milstein will include the $50,000 Myron Charna President's Pace, an Invitational for top Ohio-sired veteran pacers. Ohio Sires Stakes legs for both three-year-old filly pacers and three-year-old colt trotters will also be contested. Post time for Milstein night at Northfield is 6:00 (Eastern) on Saturday night, August 15. by Ayers Ratliff, for MGM Northfield Park  

Dexter Dunn hails from Down Under in New Zealand and traveled to the United States less than a year ago. He had never been to MGM Northfield Park, but arrived on Saturday (August 10) full of confidence to drive race favorite Bettor's Wish in the $400,000 Carl Milstein Memorial. He went to the gate on the heels of losing two straight photos in the $682,650 Meadowlands Pace and $285,362 Cane Pace. Bettor's Wish started from post three and went to the lead around the initial turn. He set pedestrian fractions of :28.2 and :57. "I was happy when I saw the fractions," admitted Dunn. "If we would have got beaten from there, it would have been a rough night. The fractions were pretty slow, but it all pays the same." Dunn urged Bettor's Wish in the third quarter and he responded, posting times of 1:24.1 and 1:50.3. The colt pulled away by 3 ½-lengths from his closest competitor, Captain Victorious (Yannick Gingras). Bettor's Wish (Bettor's Delight-Lifetime Star-Western Ideal) is owned by the partnership of Christopher Ryder, Bella Racing LTD, Fair Island Farm and Bettor's Wish Partners. Saturday's victory is the 11th score for Bettor's Wish. The win makes the Chris Ryder trainee harness racing's newest millionaire, pushing his earnings to $1,096,600. Following in succession after Bettor's Wish were Captain Victorious, Century Farroh, Yankee Boots, Southwind Ozzi, Rockie Got Framed and Workin Ona Mystery. American Mercury was scratched sick. Bettor's Wish returned 3.80 to win. The race was in honor of Carl Milstein, who owned and operated Northfield Park from 1984 until his death in 1999. It is the richest invitational event in harness racing for pacers. Two races prior to the main event, Dancin Yankee captured his fourth straight $50,000 Myron Charna President's Pace. The Ohio-sired event by invitation began in 2016. Dancin Yankee left from the gate, initially taking the lead before letting the heavy favorite, Sectionline Bigry (Tyler Smith), reclaim the top just past the :26.2 opening quarter. He received the garden trip through times of :54.4 and 1:21.3 before making his move in the stretch and winning by ½-length in 1:49.2. The clocking equaled Northfield's track record for Five Year-Old and Up Pacing Horses, set by All Bets Off (Matt Kakaley) in 2017. Ron Burke trains Dancin Yankee for the Burke Racing Stable. Chris Page was in the bike. by Ayers Ratliff, for Northfield Park

Elkton, MD -- Post Time with Mike and Mike presented by the USTA/BetAmerica, is excited to announce the line-up for Thursday morning (Aug. 8) at 10:30 a.m. They will be joined by Dave Bianconi, Emily Gaskin, Rob Pennington, and Bob McClure Bianconi, Director of Racing at Northfield Park, joins to discuss this weekend's $400,000 Carl Milstein Memorial. The race has drawn contenders from across the country including Delivin Miller Adios champion Southwind Ozzi. Bianconi will discuss what goes into the invitations for the race and what the track has in-store for fans on Saturday night. Gaskin, Director of Marketing at Harrah's Hoosier Park, will talk about the $300,000 Dan Patch Stakes on Friday night. Last year, Lazarus N was the talk of the town, but this year another top horse has emerged in Lather Up. Lather Up became the co-fastest horse ever with a 1:46 score at The Meadowlands and enters fresh off a victory in the Sam McKee Memorial. Pennington joins to discuss this weekends National Standardbred Horse Show. He will talk about the events of the upcoming weekend and what fans in attendance can expect. McClure, the winning drive of the 2019 Hambletonian, joins to talk about his thoughts of the big race following his victory last Saturday for trainer Luc Blais. McClure won the race in his first try and he will talk about his comeback following an accident earlier this year. Post Time continues it's live remote schedule Friday night with action from Harrah's Hoosier Park. A release will follow with more details about the live remote on Friday. Post Time with Mike and Mike presented by USTA/BetAmerica can be heard live every Thursday at 10:30 a.m. via their website www.posttimewithmikeandmike.com or on the archive at www.betamerica.com/BARN. by Michael Carter, for Post Time With Mike & Mike

Dave Ratchford was 16 when he bought his first horse. "And I've never been without a horse since then," the 75-year-old Nova Scotia resident said. Good thing. Otherwise he would have missed the opportunity to own a horse like Century Farroh. Century Farroh has won eight of nine races this year and competes in Saturday's (Aug. 10) $400,000 Carl Milstein Memorial Invitational for 3-year-old pacers at Northfield Park. The colt goes to the Milstein off a 1:49.4 win in an Ontario Sire Stakes Gold event, beating multiple-stakes-winner Bronx Seelster by a neck and Meadowlands Pace champ Best In Show by a half-length at Woodbine Mohawk Park. At 7-2 on the morning line, Century Farroh is the second choice behind 5-2 favorite Bettor's Wish. "He doesn't seem to want to get beat," Ratchford said about Century Farroh, who has a four-race win streak. "I like some of the grit he has. Most of his trips have been hard-nosed. He's on the front end, he's doing the road work, and he just seems to keep on going." Ratchford, who owned an insurance agency before retiring about 10 years ago, has trained and driven horses for much of his life and still works with a small stable. He purchased Century Farroh for $17,000 at the 2017 London Selected Yearling Sale in Ontario. The colt is a son of Mach Three out of the stakes-winning mare Beachy Girl. Century Farroh, who has earned $293,128, is the richest of Beachy Girl's four foals to reach six figures in earnings. All seven of the mare's foals have won at least one race. "The pedigree is fairly good for the budget I like to use; I like between $15,000 and $30,000," said Ratchford, whose other recent successes included $10,000-yearling purchase Ms Mac N Cheese; the winner of more than $600,000 on the Ontario circuit. "I like the challenge of one on the lower end of it. He was one of maybe 30 colts or fillies I had marked in the catalogue to look at. He came by and he fit the bill. I was in the right place at the right time, I guess." Century Farroh was turned over to trainer Dr. Ian Moore after Ratchford prepped and qualified the colt in Nova Scotia. He competed primarily on Ontario's Grassroots Series circuit in 2018 and finished his season with four wins in 10 starts. All four victories came in a row to close his campaign, including a triumph in the Grassroots final. "He was a nice colt right from the time we broke him," Ratchford said. "I wasn't sure if he would be this kind of a horse, we're not used to that, but he's never done anything wrong. He's a nice gaited colt. He's good mannered. Everything is good about him." Ratchford staked Century Farroh lightly this year, focusing on races in Ontario. In addition to the Ontario Sire Stakes, he made the colt eligible to the North America Cup and Simcoe Stakes. Century Farroh's only loss this year was a seventh-place finish in his Cup elimination, when he started from post nine and missed a spot in the final by a half-length despite a :26 last quarter-mile. "It was nobody's fault; it was just the way the race went," Ratchford said. "Nothing went his way. It just wasn't in the cards. "There is some thought we might supplement him somewhere later on," he added. "We're not really sure. We'll just see how it goes. I don't have any regrets at this point. I'm very happy with what's taken place, and hopefully what is going to take place." Century Farroh will start the Milstein from post two in a field of eight. The group includes Art Rooney Pace winner Bettor's Wish (who also has been second in the North America Cup, Meadowlands Pace, and Cane Pace), Adios champion Southwind Ozzi, multiple-stakes-winner Workin Ona Mystery, and New York Sire Stakes standout American Mercury. "I'm considered a pretty lucky guy, I suppose, as far as acquisitions are concerned," Ratchford said. "We're trying to make it happen. I don't expect this is going to happen again in a lifetime, so we're riding it while it's here. It's just starting to sink in what this horse is." Racing begins at 6 p.m. (EDT) Saturday at Northfield Park. The Milstein Memorial is race 10 on the card. Following is the field. Post-Horse-Driver-Trainer-M/L 1-Captain Victorious-Yannick Gingras-Ron Burke-8/1 2-Century Farroh-David Miller-Dr. Ian Moore-7/2 3-Bettor's Wish-Dexter Dunn-Chris Ryder-5/2 4-Yankee Boots-Dan Noble-Steve Carter-15/1 5-Workin Ona Mystery-Tim Tetrick-Brian Brown-4/1 6-Rockie Got Framed-Ricky Macomber Jr.-Jamie Macomber-20/1 7-American Mercury-Tyler Buter-Chris Oakes-12/1 8-Southwind Ozzi-Brian Sears-Bill Mac Kenzie-9/2 The race is named in honor of Carl Milstein, who owned Northfield Park from 1984 until his death in 1999. The Milstein family operated Northfield Park until July 2018 when MGM Growth Properties purchased the racetrack from Milstein Entertainment, LLC. In 1972, the senior Milstein, a Cleveland builder and real estate developer, headed a group of several partners, including George Steinbrenner, that 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. Milstein was the driving force behind a resurgence of the beleaguered track, which ascended to among harness racing's top tracks in attendance and handle. He was an innovator in promotions and advertising and successfully led the track into the era of simulcast racing. by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA  

This Week: Dan Patch Invitational, Hoosier Park, Anderson, Ind.; Carl Milstein Memorial, Northfield Park, Northfield, Ohio; Fox Stake, the Ralph Wilfong, the Horseman Stakes and the Hoosier Stakes, Indiana State Fair, Indianapolis, Ind.; Crawford Farm Trot, Joie De Vie and Tompkins-Geers Stakes, Tioga Downs, Nichols, N.Y.; and Gold Cup and Saucer trials, Red Shores Racetrack & Casino, Charlottetown, PEI. Schedule of events: An extremely busy week of Grand Circuit action kicks off this Wednesday (Aug. 7) as The Indiana State Fair will host one day of Grand Circuit racing with the feature being the $55,150 Fox Stake for 2-year-old colt pacers. The co-featured event is the $33,383 Ralph Wilfong for 2-year-old colt trotters. The Hoosier Stakes for 2-year-olds will see two divisions each in the $24,646 2-year-old filly trot and the $24,150 2-year-old filly pace. Single divisions will be contested in the $21,742 2-year-old colt trot and the $20,862 2-year-old colt pace. The Horseman Stakes for 3-year-olds features single divisions in the $36,345 3-year-old colt trot, the $32,550 3-year-old colt pace, the $29,343 3-year-old filly trot, and the $29,068 3-year-old filly pace. Friday night (Aug. 9) at Hoosier Park will feature the $330,000 Dan Patch Invitational for older pacing horses. Also on Friday, Tioga Downs will host four sets of Tompkins-Geers stakes for 2-year-old pacers and trotters. There will be two divisions each in the $83,100 2-year-old filly trot and the $58,700 2-year-old colt pace, with single divisions in the $64,900 2-year-old filly pace and the $54,000 2-year-old colt trot. On Saturday (Aug. 10), Northfield Park will host the $400,000 Carl Milstein Memorial for 3-year-old pacers. Also on Saturday, Red Shores Racetrack & Casino will host one of two trials for the Gold Cup and Saucer for older pacers. The second trial will be held on Monday (Aug. 12). The week's action will continue on Sunday (Aug. 11) at Tioga Downs with the $175,000 (est.) Crawford Farms Trot for older open trotters and the $175,000 (est.) Joie De Vie for older trotting mares. Complete entries for the U.S. races are available at this link. Entries for the Red Shores Racetrack & Casino races are available at this link. Last time: Hambletonian Day was to be a day to unfurl Swedish flags at The Meadowlands. Why not? Rising star Marcus Melander started the day with a powerhouse four-horse contingent locked and loaded, taking dead aim at the 3-year-old trotting classic. Forbidden Trade rendered a 15-1 upset in the 94th Hambletonian. USTA/Mark Hall photo. But when the dust settled, it was our friendly neighbors to the north celebrating, as Forbidden Trade pulled a 15-1 upset. Canada's champion 2-year-old showed the heart of a warrior to hold off 3-10 favorite Greenshoe by neck in a dramatic fight to the finish in the $1 million final on Saturday (Aug. 3). And it was the first Hambletonian victory for the Canadian trio of owner Serge Godin's Determination Stable, trainer Luc Blais and driver Bob McClure. Coming in, McClure said "the sky was the limit" for his colt. Forbidden Trade backed up that confidence with the race of his life. Forbidden Trade, third in his Hambletonian elimination, was always in contention throughout the mile. McClure and his colt tracked Green Manalishi S, an elimination winner and a member of the Melander brigade, into the stretch. Forbidden Trade took charge, but danger was looming with Greenshoe uncorking a menacing rally. For an instant, it appeared Greenshoe would blow on by. McClure admitted he was headed, but Forbidden Trade was not done. After all, this was the day of the Maple Leaf. "It was two incredible colts fighting it out," McClure said. "I don't think there was a loser in that, but we're really happy to get out on top." It's also been a remarkable comeback for McClure, 28, who suffered a broken pelvis in a qualifier accident in April. He was back in action by May 23, using a hyperbaric chamber to hasten the recovery. "I was really lucky to have a good physical trainer," McClure said. "I probably rushed it back a little faster than I should have. I'm sure most drivers in this business have done this a time or two." Melander didn't get the victory, but his trio of qualifiers for the final raced well. Gimpanzee rallied from far back to get third and Green Manalishi S held on for the fifth and final purse check. Greenshoe never looked comfortable behind the starting gate for the final as driver Brian Sears held him together to prevent a break. That put him further back than expected, a loss of ground that proved costly. The time was 1:51 on a warm sunny afternoon as the threatened showers never materialized to spoil the day. Forbidden Trade paid $33.80 to win. It was the 12th win in 19 career starts for the son of Kadabra-Pure Ivory. He was a $110,000 purchase at the Standardbred Horse Sale in Harrisburg. Complete recaps of all the weekend races are available at the Grand Circuit website. Grand Circuit Standings: In 2019, the Grand Circuit leaders in three categories (driver, trainer and owner) will once again be tracked on a points system (20-10-5 for the top three finishers in divisions/finals and 10-5-2 for the top three finishers in eliminations/legs). Winbak Farms is the sponsor for the 2019 Grand Circuit awards. Here are the leaders following this past weekend: Drivers: 1. Tim Tetrick - 701; 2. Yannick Gingras - 526; 3. David Miller - 379; 4. Dexter Dunn - 339; 5. Andrew McCarthy - 309. Trainers: 1. Ron Burke - 613; 2. Tony Alagna - 282; 3. Jim King Jr. - 274; 4. Marcus Melander - 249; 5. Jim Campbell - 206. Owners: 1. Fashion Farms - 182; 2. Burke Racing Stable - 114.6; 3. Courant Inc. - 107.5; 4. Weaver Bruscemi - 104.6; 5. Jo Ann Looney-King - 101.2. Looking ahead: Grand Circuit action will be taking place next week at Vernon Downs, Tioga Downs, Red Shores Racetrack & Casino and Hippodrome 3R. Vernon will host the Zweig Memorial races for 3-year-old colt and filly trotters. Tioga Downs will feature the Roll With Joefor open pacers, Artiscape for older pacing mares, and a leg of the Miss Versatilty for trotting mares. Red Shores Racetrack & Casino has the Gold Cup and Saucer final; and Hippodrome 3R will contest the Prix d'Ete for 4-year-old pacers. by Paul Ramlow, for the Grand Circuit  

Bettor's Wish has been named the 5-2 morning line favorite by Northfield Park's Executive Vice President of Racing and Simulcasting, Dave Bianconi, in Saturday's $400,000 Carl Milstein Memorial. The top money-earner headlines an accomplished field of eight in Northfield Park's premier event. The Milstein is a 3-year-old Open by invitation only. The featured event is slated as race 10 on a 16-race program this Saturday (August 10) and carries a 6PM first-race post time, with the main event slated for approximately 9:30PM. Bettor's Wish is the winner of this year's $300,000 Art Rooney Memorial at Yonkers. He has won five of eight races this year. His three losses have been runner-up finishes in the $750,000 North America Cup, $682,650 Meadowlands Pace and the $285,362 Cane Pace. The Chris Ryder trainee has banked $624,544 in purses this year and drew post-3. Bettor's Wish is owned by the partnership of Chris Ryder, Bella Racing, Fair Island Form and Bettors Wish Partners. They will use Dexter Dunn, who hails from New Zeeland and has been a driving force since coming to the United States. Century Farroh drew post-2 and is the 7-2 second choice. He ventures south of the border for the first time in his career on the heels of a 4-race win streak. This top Ontario Sires Stakes performer has won eight of nine races this year, and has earned $241,959 for owner Ratchford Stable of Nova Scotia. Trainer Dr. Ian Moore listed Harness Racing Hall of Famer David Miller to drive. Workin Ona Mystery drew post five and is the 4-1 third choice. He is fresh off a 1:51.1 (last quarter :25.3) qualifier ay Hoosier Park. He has not missed the board this year and has three wins in six races, including third place finishes in the North America Cup and Meadowlands Pace. Brian Brown trains this colt at the historic Fairgrounds in Delaware, Ohio for owners Diamond Creek Racing, Stambaugh Leeman Stable (Wauseon, Ohio), Alan Keith (Johnstown, Ohio) and Wingfield Brothers LLC (Kenton, Ohio). Workin Ona Mystery has $248,489 in earnings this year and will be driven by racing superstar Tim Tetrick. The 2019 $400,000 Carl Milstein Memorial field: Post Horse Driver Trainer M/L 1 Captain Victorious Yannick Gingras Ron Burke 8-1 2 Century Farroh David Miller Dr. Ian Moore 7-2 3 Bettor's Wish Chris Ryder Dexter Dunn 5-2 4 Yankee Boots Dan Noble Steve Carter 15-1 5 Workin Ona Mystery Tim Tetrick Brian Brown 4-1 6 Rockie Got Framed Ricky Macomber Jr. Jamie Macomber 20-1 7 American Mercury Tyler Buter Chris Oakes 12-1 8 Southwind Ozzi Brian Sears Bill Mac Kenzie 9-2 The race is named in honor of Carl Milstein, who owned Northfield Park from 1984 until his death in 1999. The Milstein family operated Northfield Park until July, 2018 when MGM Growth Properties purchased the racetrack from Milstein Entertainment, LLC. In 1972, the senior Milstein, a Cleveland builder and real estate developer, headed a group of several partners, including George Steinbrenner, which 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. Milstein was the driving force behind a resurgence of the beleaguered track, which ascended to among harness racing's top tracks in attendance and handle. He was an innovator in promotions and advertising and successfully led the track into the era of simulcast racing. Exciting Undercard This year's Milstein Memorial program carries total purses in excess of $750,000. The 16-race program includes the $50,000 Myron Charna President's Pace, a race for 4-year-old and up Ohio sired pacers (by invitation only), three $40,000 divisions of Ohio Sires Stakes for 3-year-old colt trotters, two $50,000 divisions of Ohio Sires Stakes for 3-year-old filly pacers, as well as two $15,000 Open events. A $20,000 Pick 4 guaranteed pool started in race seven and consists of a $40,000 OSS, the Charna, the Open Pace and the Milstein. Another Pick 4 begins in race 11 and offers a $10,000 guaranteed pool. In addition to superior racing action, Milstein Night will also offer guests a sumptuous spread in Lady Luck's clubhouse dining room. The dinner buffet, inspired by MGM Northfield Park Executive Chef Chris Poplin, is specially priced at $21.95. Limited clubhouse seating remains; call 330.467.4101 for reservations. Guests who want to be down close to all the racing action can gather on the grandstand apron and enjoy live music and food trucks from 6 to 9 PM. Register for the Charna/Milstein Handicapping Double Contest, play Plinko from 6:30 to 7:30PM and spin the Prize Wheel 8:30 to 9:30 PM. Admission and parking are always FREE at Northfield Park. by Ayres Ratliff, for Northfield Park

As the time for stakes nominations for 2019 nears, Northfield Park reminds the connections of top Open Pacers, Open Trotters and Three-Year-Old Pacers that the track's richest three Grand Circuit events in 2019 will all be "By-Invitation-Only". The $200,000 Battle of Lake Erie (Open Pace) on June 8 -- the $175,000 Cleveland Trotting Classic (Open Trot) on June 29 -- and the $400,000 Carl Milstein Memorial (3YO Pace) on August 10 will all be Invitationals with no nomination or starting fees for the participants. Northfield's Executive Vice President of Racing Dave Bianconi adopted the change for this year's Battle and Trotting Classic (the Milstein Memorial has already been an Invitational for the past few seasons) with the following reasoning, "I simply think that Invitationals are the way that Northfield can attract the best eight horses for each of these great events. When you are handcuffed with only the horses that paid into your stakes races as possible starters, you can often miss a late-bloomer who gets hot leading up to your race. "It isn't uncommon for connections of good horses miss a payment deadline early in the year," Bianconi added. "and then find themselves on the outside looking in come race time. Also, with state-bred Sires Stakes programs across the country so economical to enter and so lucrative to participate in, it has become more difficult to get young horses to stake to numerous Grand Circuit events. That led to the change when the Carl Milstein Memorial became an Invitational, and we have had some great fields for that race since the change. I want that same flexibility for our Open events (The Battle of Lake Erie and Cleveland Trotting Classic)". While Northfield will be actively recruiting the top horses for these races as the year goes on, Bianconi encourages the connections of horses that are interested in participating to reach out to him as well. "I'd love to hear from owners or trainers who think their horse would fit in well in any of our big events. I like to invite horses from different circuits across North America to meet here at Northfield, which is an easy ship from just about anywhere. Please feel free to email me at dbianconi@northfieldpark.com or call me in the race office at 330-467-4101 ext. 2300." Northfield's feature event for three-year-old pacing fillies, the $125,000 Courageous Lady on October 12, will remain a stakes event overseen by the Hambletonian Society. "The Courageous Lady is late in the year after everyone's Sires Stakes have been completed, so it has been successful as a paid-in event. I'm leaving it alone for now." explained Bianconi. by Aryes Ratliff, for Northfield Park

Thinkbig Dreambig scored the biggest victory of his harness racing career with a surprise triumph in the $400,000 Carl Milstein Memorial for three-year-old pacers Saturday at Northfield Park in Ohio. The even money favorite, Lather Up, tried leaving right away in the 11th race feature for driver Montrell Teague, but broke stride on the first turn and had to take back and get on stride again. Meanwhile, Jimmy Freight and driver Louis-Philippe Roy, who started from the rail, shot right to the lead with Thinkbig Dreambig and driver Jordan Stratton following in second place as they went by the opening quarter mile in an easy :27.4. Lather Up had then come back into the hunt, first-over, but again broke stride and was out of the race. Jimmy Freight then led the field to the half mile marker in :55.3 as Dorsoduro Hanover and driver Matt Kakaley came first-over with Springsteen (David Miller) following the outside flow second-over. Going past the three-quarters in 1:22.3, it was still Jimmy Freight on the lead with Thinkbig Dreambig sitting on their back and on the final turn driver Jordan Stratton decided to come to the outside and Thinkbig Dreambig was able to collar Jimmy Freight before the wire to win by a long neck in 1:50. Minnie Vinnie (Aaron Merriman) was third. It was the fifth win in ten starts for Thinkbig Dreambig, who is trained by Hall of Famer Jimmy Takter and is owned by Brixton Medical, Inc. of NJ, John Fielding of ON and G.N. Anderberg of Sweden. He paid $17.00 to win. A three-year-old colt by Bettor’s Delight, Thinkbig Dreambig was bred by Kentuckiana Farms of KY. Thinkbig Dreambig Interview By Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink

This Week: Dan Patch Invitational, Hoosier Park, Anderson, Ind.; Carl Milstein Memorial, Northfield Park, Northfield, Ohio; Fox Stake, the Ralph Wilfong, the Horseman Stakes and the Hoosier Stakes, Indiana State Fair, Indianapolis, Ind.; Crawford Farm Trot, Joie De Vie and Tompkins-Geers Stakes, Tioga Downs, Nichols, N.Y.; and Gold Cup and Saucer trials, Red Shores Racetrack & Casino, Charlottetown, PEI. Schedule of events: An extremely busy week of Grand Circuit action kicks off this Wednesday (Aug. 8) as the Indiana State Fair will host one day of Grand Circuit racing with the feature being the $44,868 Fox Stake for 2-year-old colt pacers. The co-featured event is the $28,032 Ralph Wilfong for 2-year-old colt trotters. The Hoosier Stakes for 2-year-olds will see two divisions each in the $23,492 2-year-old filly pace, the $22,908 2-year-old colt pace, the $21,698 2-year-old colt trot and the $21,126 2-year-old filly trot. The Horseman Stakes for 3-year-olds features two divisions in the $31,704 3-year-old filly pace and single divisions in the $37,333 3-year-old colt trot, the $35,574 3-year-old filly trot, and the $28,120 3-year-old colt pace. Friday night (Aug. 10) at Hoosier Park will feature the $325,000 Dan Patch for older pacing horses. Also on Friday, Tioga Downs will host four sets of Tompkins-Geers stakes for 2-year-old pacers and trotters. There will be two divisions each in the $59,500 2-year-old filly pace, $58,000 2-year-old filly trot, $57,800 2-year-old colt trot and $50,400 2-year-old colt pace. On Saturday (Aug. 11), Northfield Park will host the $400,000 Carl Milstein Memorial for 3-year-old pacers. Also on Saturday, Red Shores Racetrack & Casino will host one of two trials for the Gold Cup and Saucer for older pacers. The second trial will be held on Monday (Aug. 13). The week's action will continue on Sunday (Aug. 12) at Tioga Downs with the $175,000 (est.) Crawford Farm Trot for older open trotters and the $175,000 (est.) Joie De Vie for older trotting mares. Complete entries for the U.S. races are available at this link. Entries for the Red Shores Racetrack & Casino races are available at this link. Last time: Meadowlands Racetrack closed out their Championship Meet this past Saturday with several lucrative Grand Circuit races led by the $1.2 million Hambletonian, the first leg of trotting's Triple Crown for 3-year-olds. Rick Zeron, an admitted crier, had reason to well up Saturday after the 93rd Hambletonian. Not only had the veteran horseman won the trotting classic in his first try, but his son Scott was in the sulky to make it a family affair, and the high point of a 43-year-old career. Atlanta won the Hambletonian final in a time of 1:50.4 for driver Scott Zeron. And he got the job done with a filly, the very determined Atlanta. "This is a dream come true," said Rick Zeron. "That's my specialty, trotters. I live and breathe to train a trotter, especially a filly. It's more satisfying for me to train a filly to get where I am today, to win what I did today, than with a colt. It's a bigger challenge." Atlanta won the $1 million Hambletonian final on Saturday, becoming the 14th filly to capture the famed trotting race for 3-year-olds. It was an emotional victory for the father-son team from Oakville, Ontario. The filly won the Hambletonian the hard way, setting the pace and holding on gamely in the lane. Scott Zeron employed those tactics earlier in the day in the first of two eliminations, and got Atlanta beat after setting a wicked pace. Remarkably, Atlanta regrouped quickly after the punishing mile. "I spoke to my assistant trainer Ernie Henry who has looked after her since she was 18 months old," said Rick Zeron. "He said it took her about seven to 10 minutes longer than usual to get her wind back. After that, she was absolutely perfect. He said we were good to go." That was an understatement. In the final, Atlanta was again on the lead. This time, Zeron did a better job of rationing her speed. Atlanta responded by kicking away from challenger Tactical Landing at the top of the stretch to open a three length advantage. She trotted strongly to the wire, winning by one length over 29-1 shot Met's Hall. "I've said it to a few people close to me," said Scott Zeron. "She's the best horse I ever drove. Everything is so fluid and effortless. The mile (in the elimination) just got away from me. I was mad at myself. That's not how I wanted to head into the final. If she was a champion, she would bounce back and she did." The time was 1:50.4 for the mile. It was the second Hambletonian victory for Scott Zeron. He was at the lines when Marion Marauder won in 2016. The win in the final was worth $500,000 for the ownership team of Rick Zeron, Crawford Farms, Holland Racing, Howard Taylor and Brad Grant. Complete recaps of all the weekend races are available at the Grand Circuit website. Grand Circuit Standings: In 2018, the Grand Circuit leaders in three categories (driver, trainer and owner) will once again be tracked on a points system (20-10-5 for the top three finishers in divisions/finals and 10-5-2 for the top three finishers in eliminations/legs). Winbak Farms is the sponsor for the 2018 Grand Circuit awards. Here are the leaders following the past weekend. Drivers: 1. Yannick Gingras - 648.5; 2. Tim Tetrick - 624; 3. David Miller - 294.5; 4. Scott Zeron - 270; 5. Jordan Stratton - 268. Trainers: 1. Ron Burke - 625.5; 2. Jimmy Takter - 444; 3. Tony Alagna - 246; 4. Jim Campbell - 196; 5. Jim King Jr. - 191. Owners: 1. Burke Racing Stable - 136.1; 2. Weaver Bruscemi - 131.1; 3. Fashion Farms - 129; 4. Vonknoblauch Stable - 117; 5. Bill Donovan - 93.8. Looking ahead: Grand Circuit action will be taking place next week at Vernon Downs, Tioga Downs, Red Shores Racetrack & Casino and Hippodrome 3R. Vernon will kick off the week as host of the Zweig Memorial races for 3-year-old colt and filly trotters. Tioga Downs will feature the Roll With Joe for open pacers, Artiscape for older pacing mares, and a leg of the Miss Versatilty for trotting mares. Red Shores Racetrack & Casino has the Gold Cup and Saucer final and Hippodrome 3R will contest the Prix d'Ete for 4-year-old pacers. by Paul Ramlow, for the Grand Circuit  

North America Cup champion Lather Up headlines a deep and diverse field in Northfield Park's premier event, the $400,000 Carl Milstein Memorial on Saturday night, August 11. The race, a three year-old Open by invitation only, has attracted a diverse and accomplished group of horses, representing sires from six different states and Ontario. Ohio-sired Lather Up has been named the 2-1 morning-line favorite by Northfield's Executive Vice President of Racing and Simulcasting, Dave Bianconi. Lather Up has banked over $500,000 in purses while winning eight of his nine starts thus far in 2018. Lather Up is the only horse in the field that has ever competed at Northfield, including a local victory in Ohio Sires Stakes competition last year. Clyde Francis of the George Teague Stable trains Lather Up for breeder/owners Gary and Barbara Iles of Harrington, Delaware. Jimmy Freight drew the rail and is the 3-1 second choice. He ventures south of the border on the heels of a career best 1:48.3 romp in Ontario Sires Stakes company on August 4 at Woodbine/Mohawk Park. Jimmy Freight is now a perfect 4-for-4 in Ontario Sires Stakes Gold events this year. Dorsoduro Hanover drew post-5 and is the 4-1 third choice. He is fresh off a breakthrough victory in the $400,000 Adios at The Meadows (near Pittsburgh). Pennsylvania-sired Dorsoduro Hanover enters the Milstein for harness racing's leading trainer in both wins and purses, Ron Burke. Burke recently surpassed the $200,000,000 mark in career purses from his stable, and is a fixture atop the seasonal leader board for trainers in both wins and earnings from his starters. The 2018 $400,000 Milstein Memorial field: POST HORSE DRIVER TRAINER M/L 1 Jimmy Freight Louis Roy Andrew Harris 3-1 2 Lather Up Montrell Teague Clyde Francis 2-1 3 Thinkbig Dreambig Jordan Stratton Jimmy Takter 12-1 4 Springteen Rene Allard David Miller 6-1 5 Dorsoduro Hanover Matt Kakaley Ron Burke 4-1 6 Minnie Vinnie Aaron Merriman Curtis Carey 15-1 7 Slick Tony Russell Foster George Leager 20-1 8 Always A Prince Trace Tetrick Tyler George 10-1 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, took over as Chairman of Northfield Park upon his father's passing until earlier this year when MGM Growth Properties purchased the racetrack from Milstein Entertainment, LLC. In 1972, the senior Milstein, a Cleveland builder and real estate developer, headed a group of several partners, including George Steinbrenner, which purchased Northfield Park. They leased the facility to other operators through the early 1980's. 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. Milstein was the driving force behind a resurgence of the beleaguered track, which ascended to among harness racing's top tracks in attendance and handle. He was an innovator in promotions and advertising and successfully led the track into the era of simulcast racing. Exciting Undercard "The Carl Milstein Memorial is our richest and most prestigious race of the year," stated Brent Reitz, Northfield Park Vice President and General Manager, "but the rest of the card is loaded with exceptional racing as well." This year's Milstein Memorial program carries total purses in excess of $700,000. The 16-race program includes the $50,000 Myron Charna President's Pace, a race for four year-old-and-up Ohio Sired Pacers (by invitation only), three $40,000 divisions of Ohio Sires Stakes for three year-old filly pacers, and three $19,000 Open events. Superfecta wagering will be available on Saturday's featured 11th race event with a $20,000 guaranteed pool. It is also the fourth leg of the Pick-4, which has a guaranteed pool of $10,000. First race post time is 6:00 p.m. In addition to superior racing action, Milstein Night will also offer guests a sumptuous spread in Lady Luck's clubhouse dining room. The dinner buffet, inspired by Hard Rock Rocksino Executive Chef Chris Poplin, is specially priced at $21.95. Limited clubhouse seating remains; call 330-467-4101 for reservations. Guests who want to be down close to all the racing action can gather on the grandstand apron to sample some award winning fare. Making their return appearance to the Northfield Apron is Cleveland's award winning Barrio's food truck. Cleveland's Scene Magazine readers voted Barrio as the best food truck in northeast Ohio. Joining Barrio is the Addicted Coffee truck and Crooked Kettle Popcorn. Live music by Unknown Reason also will be part of the apron scene from 6-10 p.m. Attendees can also enter drawings that will take place throughout the evening. The drawings are FREE to enter and we will be giving away betting vouchers, gift cards, 55" SmartTV, amusement park tickets, and the Grand Prize of up to $2,000 in our Cases of Cash game. Plus, try your luck at our Putting Challenge, where you can win more cash and prizes from 7 - 8 PM. Admission and parking are always FREE at Northfield Park. by Ayers Ratliff, for Northfield Park

A field of eight of the sports best three-year-old colts and geldings have RSVP'd "Yes" to compete in harness racing's richest Invitational for pacers, the $400,000 Carl Milstein Memorial at Northfield Park this Saturday night, August 11. Northfield's Executive Vice President of Racing and Simulcasting, Dave Bianconi, has received commitments from the connections of a diverse and accomplished group of horses, representing sires from six different states and Ontario. They will all converge on the Northeast Ohio oval on Saturday in Northfield's premier event of the season. Headlining the field of eight is Ohio-sired Lather Up, champion of the $1,000,000 (Canadian funds) North America Cup at suburban Toronto's Woodbine/Mohawk Park in June. Lather Up has banked over $500,000 in purses while winning eight of his nine starts thus far in 2018. Lather Up is the only horse in the field that has ever competed at Northfield, including a local victory in Ohio Sires Stakes competition last year. Clyde Francis of the George Teague Stable trains Lather Up for breeder/owners Gary and Barbara Iles of Harrington, Delaware. Fresh off of a breakthrough victory in the $400,000 Adios at The Meadows (near Pittsburgh) Pennsylvania-sired Dorsoduro Hanover enters the Milstein for harness racing's leading trainer in both wins and purses, Ron Burke. Burke recently surpassed the $200,000,000 mark in career purses from his stable, and is a fixture atop the seasonal leader board for trainers in both wins and earnings from his starters. Springsteen, winner of the $500,000 Max Hempt Memorial at Mohegan Sun at Pocono on June 30, enters the Milstein off an impressive score in New York Sires Stakes competition at Yonkers Raceway in his most recent outing. Rene Allard conditions the career earner of $522,048. Jimmy Freight ventures south of the border on the heels of a career best 1:48.3 romp in Ontario Sires Stakes company on August 4 at Woodbine/Mohawk Park. He is now a perfect 4-for-4 in Ontario Sires Stakes Gold events this year. Always A Prince will race outside of Indiana for the first time when he lines up behind the Northfield Park staring gate. A winner of 11 of 13 career starts, Always A Prince crushed the field by over seven lengths in an Indiana Sires Stakes Final in his most recent outing at Hoosier Park on August 1. Multiple Delaware stakes winner Slick Tony will step into Grand Circuit company for the first time in Saturday's Milstein. 80-year-old owner/trainer/breeder George Leager and his wife Nola paid only $500 for Slick Tony's dam, Queen Kathy. Slick Tony has rewarded the Leagers with 15 victories in 19 lifetime starts, and nearly $300,000 in earnings. Making the longest voyage to Northfield is Iowa fair stakes legend Minnie Vinnie. A winner of 18 of 23 career starts, Minnie Vinnie had a profitable voyage east earlier this year when he finished second in the $300,000 Art Rooney Memorial at Yonkers Raceway in New York. Rounding out the Milstein field is the late-blooming Thinkbig Dreambig. Hall of Fame trainer Jimmy Takter sends out the winner of over $125,000 in just nine lifetime starts. The powerful field has combined to win 87 races and $2,769,468 in purse earnings. They certainly arrive at Northfield in top form, as seven out the eight horses in the field were victorious in their most recent efforts. The Carl Milstein Memorial post-position draw will be conducted on Tuesday, August 7. It will be race 11 on a 16-race program that will also include the $50,000 Myron Charna President's Pace for veteran Ohio-breds and multiple divisions of Ohio Sires Stakes for three-year-old filly pacers. First race post time is 6:00 (Eastern), with the Milstein scheduled for an approximate 10:00 start. by Ayers Ratliff, for Northfield Park

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