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MGM Northfield Park has announced a $60,000 guaranteed Pick 5 total pool for Monday's (December 28) harness racing race card. Beginning in Race 2, the $60,000 guarantee includes a carryover of $21,529. The guarantee is being offered at part of the Strategic Wagering Program through the United States Trotting Association. Northfield's Pick 3s, Pick 4s, Pick 5s and 20¢ Super High Five offer a reduced take-out rate of just 14%. Monday's post time is 4:20 PM.  

MGM Northfield Park has announced a $10,000 guaranteed Pick 5 total pool for Sunday's (December 27) harness racing race card. Beginning in Race 2, the $10,000 guarantee includes a carryover of $3,329. The guarantee is being offered at part of the Strategic Wagering Program through the United States Trotting Association. Northfield's Pick 3s, Pick 4s, Pick 5s and 20¢ Super High Five offer a reduced take-out rate of just 14%. Sunday's post time is 4:20 PM.    

Fourteen-year-old Terror Of Thetrack posted his 40th career harness racing win in his 499th start in the sixth race on Wednesday at MGM Northfield Park.  He went to post as the longest shot on the board at 44-1.  The classy veteran, who faces mandatory retirement on January 1, 2021, was the victor of the fifth leg of the evening’s Pick 5 where one lucky bettor cashed for a whopping $29,677.00.  The payoff was astronomical because the other four winners in the sequence carried odds of 4-5, 7-5, 4-5 and 7-2.   Terror Of The Track started from post three and let his competition carve out fractions of :27.1, :56.1 and 1:26.  He then looped from the back and scored by a head in 1:57.1 Keith Kash Jr trains and drives the pacer for his wife Melinda.  Keith and Melinda have raced Terror Of Thetrack for nearly a decade.  Terror Of Thetrack has not only been an active member of the Kash’s racing stock, but has also become a family pet.    “I have to admit, this win is pretty emotional for me,” admitted Keith Kash Jr.  “We have had this horse a long time.  I don’t just race horses, I truly love the animals.” Wednesday’s score increased Terror Of Thetrack’s career bankroll to $198,164.  The son of Western Terror is in-to-go in Northfield’s 15th race on Monday (December 21) from post-three.  Monday’s race will be Terror Of Thetrack’s 500th and final career race. After Monday’s race Terror Of Thetrack hopes to join the Summit County (Ohio) Mounted Sheriff Department to begin his next career.   Ayers Ratliff

MGM Northfield Park has announced the addition of a $20,000 Pick-5 total pool guarantee for Wednesday (December 16). Beginning in race two, the $20,000 Pick-5 guaranteed total pool includes a carryover of $3,947. This wager is being offered as part of the Strategic Wagering Program through the United States Trotting Association. Northfield’s Pick-5, Pick-4s, Pick-3s and 20¢ Super High Five offer a reduced takeout rate of just 14%. Wednesday’s post time is 4:20PM.     Ayers Ratliff​  

Northfield, OH — MGM Northfield Park has announced the addition of a pair of guaranteed pools to its Tuesday (Dec. 15) harness racing program. Beginning in race 5, a $10,000 Pick-3 guaranteed total pool will be offered, featuring a carryover of $2,264.25. Beginning in race 7, a $35,000 Pick-4 guaranteed total pool will be offered, featuring a carryover of $9,049.34. This wager is being offered as part of the Strategic Wagering Program through the United States Trotting Association. Northfield’s Pick-5, Pick-4s, Pick-3s and 20-cent Super High Five offer a reduced takeout rate of just 14% Tuesday’s post time is 4:20.   Michael Carter

Northfield , Ohio - In the comfortable twilight of Saturday, Dec 12 Eddie Miller and Star Chip took no prisoners en route to a 1:57.4 harness racing triumph over eight others in a leg of the Great Lakes Amateur Drivers Association trotting series at Northfield Park. Sent off as the second choice from post five, Miller gunned his trotter to the lead from the five-hole and then played hardball with the betting favorite, Bo Nanza Chip, driven by Jd Yoder, keeping him on the limb the entire mile. They raced as a team past the first stanza in :28.4 and were side by side as they trotted by the half in :58.1. John Wengerd was the first to move from the back when he angled Favorite Uncle off the pylons with hopes of moving closer to the leaders. But much to his chagrin five lengths from the top was as close as he could get and when the leaders rounded the final turn Star Chip and Bo Nanza Chip were still safely in front. In the deep stretch Star Chip was an eased-up 1-1/2 length winner over Bo Nanza Chip. Alan finished third for Emanuel Miller. Eddie Miller and Star Chip Eddie Miller trains Star Chip, a 9-year-old Chip Chip Hooray gelding who's owned by Rebecca Sugg. He paid $8.60. by John Manzi for the Great Lakes Amateur Drivers Association      

MGM Northfield Park has announced the addition of a $12,500 Pick-5 total pool guarantee for Saturday (December 12). Beginning in race two, the $12,500 Pick-5 guaranteed total pool includes a carryover of $3,191. This wager is being offered as part of the Strategic Wagering Program through the United States Trotting Association. Northfield's Pick-5, Pick-4s, Pick-3s and 20¢ Super High Five offer a reduced takeout rate of just 14%. Saturday's post time is 4:20PM.   Ayers Ratliff  

Ronnie Wrenn Jr. made his 6,000th trip to the harness racing winner’s circle after scoring with Naughty Maravu N in MGM Northfield Park’s seventh race on Monday (December 7). Naughty Maravu N won by a half-length over favored Mysical Wally (Aaron Merriman), returning $5.00 to win.  The 1:54 clocking was the 27th career win for the 10-year-old gelded pacer, who now has $231,025 in earnings. The 34-year-old Wrenn began driving in 2008.  His 6,000 wins have helped him garner more than $40.5 million in purse earnings.   Wrenn earned his first win behind Artful Power in a $1,400 Billings race at a Michigan fair in 2008.  His break-out year was 2012 and he has never looked back.  Wrenn is consistently among the top drivers in the country.  He won the 2013 and 2014 national dash driving titles, finished third in 2015 and 2016, fifth in 2017, second in 2018, fourth in 2019 and is currently fourth in the nation in 2020. Wrenn waited little time starting on his next milestone, scoring with Livin Lovin Prayin just two races later. Naughty Maravu N winning by a half-length   Ayers Ratliff

Northfield, Ohio—Having to start from the eight-hole, and then being parked-out until after the half didn't deter harness racing driver Marion Chupp from his mission to win the $6500 GLADA trot tonight (Dec.5) at Northfield Park. Chupp was up behind his own Curlys Son, an 8-year-old RC Royalty gelding, and together they rebuffed any and all challengers en route to a 1:58.2 victory. Sent off as the soft second choice (7-2) in the 9-horse field Chupp gunned his trotter for the lead but that didn't come easily as Curleys Son was being challenged by Alan, who was driven by Emanuel Miller and that duel went on until the latter made a break. Jimmy Lupton, who was traveling second-over, then took up the chase with The Next Triumph and both he and Curlys Son raced head-to-head by the three quarters and into the stretch before The Next Triumph faaded. And when he did Eddie Miller was right there with Star Chip but they couldn't get by the leader in the deep stretch and had to settle for second money. The Next Triumph held on for the show dough. Chupp also  owns and trains Curlys Son who paid $8.60 for win.   John Manzi for the Great Lakes Amateur Drivers Association

MGM Northfield Park has announced the addition of a $20,000 harness racing Pick-5 total pool guarantee for Sunday (December 6). Beginning in race two, the $20,000 Pick-5 guaranteed total pool includes a carryover of $4,680. This wager is being offered as part of the Strategic Wagering Program through the United States Trotting Association. Northfield's Pick-5, Pick-4s, Pick-3s and 20¢ Super High Five offer a reduced takeout rate of just 14%. Sunday's post time is 4:20 PM. Ayers Ratliff

Hightstown, NJ — Hunter Myers figured he was unlikely to realize his harness racing goals this season when the calendar turned to June. The sport had been shutdown for two months because of the coronavirus pandemic, and the first night racing returned to MGM Northfield Park in late May, Myers was involved in an accident that sidelined him for an additional three weeks. Yet despite the obstacles, the 22-year-old Ohio resident did accomplish his goals, primarily improving upon his previous season’s stats. Myers has set career highs this year for starts (1,772), wins (189), and purses ($1.39 million). He ranks sixth in victories at Northfield Park and 43rd among all drivers in North America. “It’s been a rough year, but I’m very grateful for how it’s turned out,” Myers said. “Really, I couldn’t have asked for a better year, even with all the downsides of it. I’m just going to keep plugging along and see how much more I can get accomplished before the end of the year. Then I’ll start next year fresh, set more goals for myself, and hopefully reach more accomplishments.” The rough part of Myers’ year included fracturing both sides of his jaw in a May 26 accident at Northfield. In addition to being forced to give up racing for a while, Myers was forced to part ways with solid food. “I could talk but I couldn’t open my mouth wide or laugh,” Myers said. “I was on an applesauce and smoothie diet for a couple weeks. We would go somewhere, and people would be getting nice meals and I was eating broccoli-and-cheddar soup. It wasn’t fun. “The first thing I wanted to eat when I felt comfortable eating again was steak. A hundred percent, steak.” Since returning to action, Myers has added some sizzle to go with his steak. In September, he produced a 17-percent victory rate that resulted in 43 trips to the winner’s circle. In October, he notched the biggest triumph of his career when he guided Checkmate to victory in the Ohio Fairs Championship for 2-year-old male trotters and last month he won the Election Night Series final for trotters with 25-1 longshot Muscular Superstar. Myers, the son of trainer Michael Myers, launched his driving career in 2014, winning 19 of 110 races while appearing at 29 tracks as he looked to establish himself on the Ohio fairs circuit. The next season, he made it to 38 tracks and won 55 of 272 starts. “I was going from north to south, from east to west; I was all over,” said Myers, who has won 670 races lifetime. “If there was a fair that I was down (to drive) at, I was going to do whatever I could to get to it. Sometimes I drove one fair in the afternoon and another at night. I had to put myself out there and get noticed.” At Northfield, Myers competes against some of the winningest drivers in the sport, including five-time North American dash champion Aaron Merriman and 2014 leader Ronnie Wrenn Jr. This year, four of North America’s top nine drivers in wins — Merriman, Wrenn Jr., Kurt Sugg, and Chris Page — have made at least 400 starts at Northfield. “I like to watch and learn from them,” Myers said. “If I’m not in a race, I’ll see what they do in different situations. I always observe to see what I can do. And if someone has advice for me, I’m all ears. I take any advice I can get. I like getting input from people.” Myers is enjoying his time at Northfield but might look to add some other tracks to his rotation next year. He has raced some this year at The Meadows, Dayton, and Scioto Downs. “I could just experiment,” Myers said. “My attitude is to take it one day at a time and pretty soon my chance to shine will come. Every year has been getting better and better. It’s a good feeling.” by Ken Weingartner, USTA Media Relations Manager

Due to a heavy winter storm over most of northern Ohio, Northfield Park is cancelling the live harness racing program on Tuesday (December 1). Simulcasting will be available until 9:45 PM on Tuesday. Live racing will resume Wednesday (December 2) at 4:20 PM.  

MGM Northfield Park has announced the addition of a $15,000 harness racing Pick-5 total pool guarantee for Sunday (November 29). Beginning in race two, the $15,000 Pick-5 guaranteed total pool includes a carryover of $3,028. This wager is being offered as part of the Strategic Wagering Program through the United States Trotting Association. Northfield's Pick-5, Pick-4s, Pick-3s and 20¢ Super High Five offer a reduced takeout rate of just 14%. Sunday's post time is 4:20 PM. Ayers Ratliff

Robin Banks scored in the $18,000 Autumn Leaves Series Final on Wednesday (November 18) at MGM Northfield Park. Brad Ater of Williamsport, Ohio owns the sophomore filly trotter. Kurt Sugg was aboard for the winning drive for trainer Edward Miller. Robin Banks (Break The Bank K-Arelia-Donato Hanover) started from post-6. Sugg fired her off the gate and she led her competition through fractions of :28.3, :58.2, 1:27.1 and 1:56.1. There was never really an anxious moment for the winner, who bested her competition by a 1 1/4 lengths.   Completing the race were Tootie (Jason Thompson), Electric Ridge (Aaron Merriman), Evanna, Jkchrome, Evita, Luvcrunchess, Pete's Sake and Flaming Andie. Robin Banks now has five wins in 18 starts this year. Wednesday's victory represents her seventh career score and bolstered her bankroll to $95,889. She was the race favorite and returned $3.60 to win. by Ayers Ratliff, for MGM Northfield Park  

MGM Northfield Park has announced a temporary change in post time to 4:20 PM for their live racing programs beginning Saturday, November 21st. These programs are conducted every Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday. Simulcasting continues daily from 12PM to 9:45PM. The change in post time is needed to accommodate the state of Ohio's Department of Health's recent order of a 21-day statewide curfew that businesses must close between 10PM and 5AM. The curfew goes into effect on Thursday, November 19th and is set to expire Thursday, December 10th. MGM Northfield Park will continue to work with the Ohio State Racing Commission, the local health department and government officials to return to our 6:00PM post time as soon as possible. by Ayers Ratliff, for Northfield Park

This year's presidential election was predicted by nearly every pollster on the planet, however the Election Night Series harness racing Champion was a 25-1 longshot. Muscular Superstar shocked his rivals with a gate-to-wire victory, capturing the $18,000 Election Night Series Final on Tuesday (November 17) at MGM Northfield Park. The three-year-old trotter is owned by Twoforone Stable of Millersburg, Indiana. His conditioner Lonnie Grabber listed Hunter Myers for the winning drive. Muscular Superstar (Muscular-Garland Superstar-ABC Garland) started the race from post three and led at every call through fractions of :27.4, :58, 1:26.4 and 1:56.4. He was two-lengths in front at the wire. Finishing behind the winner (in order after placings) were Blazintothefront (Aaron Merriman), Soho Begonia (Kurt Sugg), Smoking Jet, Dont Front Me, Turbochargedpete, Big Box Hanover, Father Time and Gabby's Wild Child. Muscular Superstar now has three wins in 16 starts this year. Tuesday's victory bolstered his career bankroll to $31,660. He returned $52.20 to win.   Ayers Ratliff

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