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Mr Ds Rock won his fifth consecutive race when he captured the $18,000 Gridiron Series Final on Sunday (November 15) at MGM Northfield Park.  The three-year-old harness racing pacer is owned by the partnership of Tammy Carter, Debra Carsey, SCP Stable and Peggy Carter.  Brian Loney, his trainer, called upon Chris Page for the winning drive.             Mr Ds Rock (Pet Rock-Cotton Candy-Sportsmaster) started the race from post three and remained third through the :26.4 opening quarter.  Page tipped the gelding first-over coming off the second turn and he remained there through times of :56.3 and 1:24.4.  Mr Ds Rock cleared to the lead entering the stretch and bested his competition by a full length, completing the mile in 1:54.1.  Finishing behind the winner were One Last Laugh (Ronnie Wrenn Jr.), Johnny Rockette (Tony Hall), Worthabuck, Two Oclock Johnny, Rockin Daddy O, Townline Flight and Panther Time.         Mr Ds Rock now has 10 wins in 25 starts this year.  Sunday’s victory represents his 14th career score and bolstered his bankroll to $206,360.  He returned $5.20 to win.   Ayers Ratliff

Longshot players were celebrating after the harness racing horses crossed the finish of MGM Northfield Park’s sixth race on Tuesday (November 10) when #5 Beamer N Bud won at odds of nearly 54-1.        Charles and Christopher Krummick of Chicago, Illinois own the six-year-old pacing mare.  Steven Weiss trains Beamer N Bud and Kurt Sugg was aboard for the winning drive.  Tuesday’s triumph was the first win this year for the horse and marks her eighth lifetime score.           Beamer N Bud was followed across the wire by #8 Squirt (91-1), #2 Roberts New Life (42-1) and #6 Pictonian Dazzle (116-1).    Beamer N Bud returned $110.60 to win; the 5-8 Exacta paid $4,212.60; the 5-8-2 Trifecta returned $18,023.00; and the 5-8-2-6 20¢ Superfecta paid $5,614.76.   Ayers Ratliff

MGM Northfield Park has announced the dates of nine Progressive Claiming Series. These series offer opportunities for owners to place their horses in races with progressive claiming prices and purses. The newly-added late closers start from October 21 to October 24 with a base claiming price of either $7,000, $15,000 or $25,000 for distaff and male pacers. Trotters are also offered series with the same claiming tags. No pre-nomination is necessary, however there is a one-time entry fee of $100 for the $7,000 series, $200 for the $15,000 series and $300 for the $25,000 series. More information for the series can be found at or by calling the race office at 330.467.4101.   Ayers Ratliff

Get Your Armor paced home for her 50th career victory, winning the fifth race at MGM Northfield Park on Saturday (October 24). The 10-year-old veteran, with 293 career starts, also has 49 seconds and 45 third-place finishes. Get Your Armor (American Ideal-Mystic Money-Nihilator) has career earnings of $518,367 with a lifetime mark of 1:52.2, taken at Northfield Park at age seven. The pacer's richest win was for a purse of $14,000 in a Fillies and Mares Open at Northfield Park, an event she has won multiple times. Get Your Armor has only won on two racing services. She has six victories at Saratoga Raceway in 2014. Since then she has scored 44 times on Northfield's Flying Turns. Get Your Armor started from the rail in the Saturday's $5,500 conditioned event. She sat forth through the :26.3 and :55.1 initial quarters before starting her first-over bid. Get Your Armor took the lead by the 1:24.1 three-quarter clocking and won by 2¼-lengths. The $4.20 winner posted a final time of 1:53.   Sam Schillaci Jr. of Silver Springs, New York owns Get Your Armor. Trainer Sam Schillaci called upon Ronnie Wrenn Jr. for the winning drive. by Ayers Ratliff, for MGM Northfield Park

Drama Act overcame post-8 to prevail against Grand Circuit stock in Saturday's (October 17) $120,000 Courageous Lady at MGM Northfield Park. Driven by Matt Kakaley, Drama Act sat sixth through the :27.2 opening quarter. "I was just trying to get her around a few and then drop in," explained Kakaley. Drama Act found herself second-over through fractions of :55.4 and 1:23.3. Kakaley moved her three-wide in the final turn and she bested her competition by a head in 1:51.1.   "I moved her three-wide and she got the job done," said Kakaley. "She is a really nice filly." Harness racing's all-time leading trainer Ron Burke conditions Drama Act owners The OK Corral. Completing the field were Perfect Storm, Pettycoat Business, Keystone Eureka, Ellagator, JK Finendandy, Dance Club and Blazin Grace. Drama Act (Well Said - Lounge Act - Cam's Card Shark) now has eight wins in 15 lifetime starts. Saturday's victory increased her career bankroll to $225,482. She returned $5.60 to win. The races leading up to the Grand Circuit feature consisted of MGM Northfield Park's annual Lady Driver's Challenge and eight $75,000 Ohio Sire Stakes Consolation races. Mandy Jones scored in the 2020 Lady Driver's Challenge. She piloted In Trouble Again home a winner from post-7 in 1:55.1. Mandy was dominate this summer in the Spring Haven Farm's Lady Driving Series. The series is conducted at multiple Ohio county fairs. She also won the final of the series at the historic Delaware County Fair. Despite sporting a .533 UDRS this year, Saturday's win mark's Jones' first win at a pari-mutuel racetrack. by Ayers Ratliff, for MGM Northfield Park

The 2020 Ohio Sires Stakes season came to a close on Saturday night, Oct. 17, as eight $75,000 Consolation divisions for 2- and 3-year-olds were contested at Northfield Park. Katie's Lucky Day, the 7-5 favorite, captured the 2-year-old filly trot easily in 1:56.2 for trainer-owner Bill Cottongim of Stockbridge, MI. The daughter of Uncle Peter-Europass-Andover Hall upped her career earnings to $74,479 with this triumph, the sixth of her career in 12 tries.   "She was kind of a slow starter but here toward the end of the year, she's really come into herself," said winning driver Trevor Smith. Margin Of Error captured the 2-year-old filly pace handily in 1:55 with David Miller driving for trainer Chris Beaver and owners Donald E. Robinson, Chris Beaver, D Meola and RBH Ventures. "I really didn't know anything about any of these horses I was down to drive tonight but this one worked out well," Miller, who made his first drive at Northfield this year a winning one, said. Margin Of Error is a daughter of Racing Hill-Margin Blue Chip-Artsplace who has amassed $60,150. She left the gate at 6-1 odds. This was her second career win in ten starts. Burrow, the 1-5 favorite, notched his fourth win of the year for driver Ronnie Wrenn, Jr., and trainer Jim Arledge, Jr., in the 2-year-old colt and gelding trot, timed in 1:58.1. The Uncle Peter-Just Asking-Inquirer gelding now has $62,819 in career earnings for owners Jude Jacobs, M McLoughlin, B Roth and P Phillips. "He was a little immature earlier in the year but this crew has done a great job with him and his last couple of starts he's really come into himself," said Wrenn, Jr. Dontholdanythinbak captured the 2-year-old colt and gelding pace in a smart 1:52.3 for trainer Jim Arledge, Jr., and owners Laura and Paul Baker. The son of Domethatagain-It's Ladies Nite-Towner's Big Guy was piloted by Ronnie Wrenn, Jr., to his second career win in 11 starts. This bay colt, who left the gate as the 3-1 choice, now has $61,778 in career earnings. Thankful For You (9-2) took advantage of multiple front-end breakers in the lane to win the 3-year-old filly trot in an easy 1:55.3. Reined by Elliott Deaton for trainer Anette Lorentzon and owners Kentuckiana Racing Stable, the daughter by Manofmanymissions-Adelaide Hall-Conway Hall notched her fifth win of the year in her 22nd start and now has $95,276 in her bank account. T Degengold (2-1) took the 3-year-old filly pace in a snappy 1:53.3 for trainer Jeff Nisonger and driver Ronnie Wrenn, Jr. The daughter of Pet Rock-Goldies Cam-Camluck is owned by Johnny P. Kearns and with this latest triumph--the 16th of her career--she now has $125,789 in career earnings. This victory gave Nisonger a training double and Wrenn, Jr., a driving triple. Enforce The Law (2-5) gave David Miller his second OSS triumph as he captured the 3-year-old colt and gelding trot in 1:55.3. The son of Triumphant Caviar-Shez Jailbait-Jailhouse Jesse is owned by his trainer Joseph Kramp. This was his eighth lifetime win in 30 starts and upped his lifetime earnings to $120,528. Mr Ds Rock scored a commanding 1:51.3, a new lifetime mark, en route to winning the 3-year-old colt and gelding pace. Aaron Merriman was at the lines for trainer Brian Loney and owners Tammy Carter, Debra Carsey, Scp Stable and Peggy Carter. The son of Pet Rock-Cotton Candy-Sportsmaster picked up his tenth career win in 33 starts and pushed his bankroll to $186,110. by Kimberly Rinker, Ohio Standardbred Development Fund Administrator  

The Ohio Sires Stakes wraps up the 2020 season this weekend with a quartet of $85,000 events for older horses on Friday, Oct. 16 at Dayton Raceway and an octet of $75,000 consolation dashes featuring 2- and 3-year-olds of both gaits and genders on Saturday, Oct. 17 at Northfield Park. At Dayton, 14 veteran mares will line up behind the gate in a pair of seven-horse fields--one trot (Race 6) and one pace (Race 8). As well, 18 veteran horses and geldings will start in a pair of nine-horse splits: a trot (Race 10) and pace (Race 12). Post time at Dayton is 6:15 pm, ET. The two standouts in the OSS Veteran Mare Trot are Pure Chance and A TC Queenie. Both mares have earned more than $400,000 lifetime and both are sired by Triumphant Caviar. Pure Chance is conditioned and co-owned by Chris Beaver for Steve Zeehandelar, while Ron Steck trains A TC Queenie for Trish Soulsby and Rick Schaut. Two 6-year-old mares, Big Bad Jane and Rosemary Rose headline the OSS Veteran Mares Pace for trainers Christi Noble (the former) and Ronnie Burke (the latter). Big Bad Jane is a $406,184-earning daughter of Big Bad John who was bred by Sam Noble and owner Sandra Burnett, while Rosemary Rose is a daughter of Foreclosure N who was bred by Ron Salcedo and is owned by the partnership of Burke Racing, J Mellilo and Weaver Bruscemi. Both mares have consistently plied their wares in the open and high conditioned ranks. The OSS Veteran Trot features starters who have combined total earnings of $2,250,352, with the richest diagonally gaited equine being former OSS Champion Lane Of Stone. Trained by Mark Winters for breeder-owner Harry Horowitz, the 4-year-old son of the exported Wishing Stone has lifetime earnings of $471,182, making him the richest trotter in the field of nine. Harold Bauder's Sectionline Bigry heads up the OSS Veteran Pace. The 5-year-old homebred Pet Rock gelding has amassed $522,777 in his career for trainer Steve Bauder via 26 wins, 11 seconds and 10 thirds in 63 lifetime starts. He owns a record of 1:48.1 taken at Hoosier Park in that track's $35,000 Invitational on Sept. 25 of this year. Post time at Northfield Park for the OSS consolations is 6 pm, ET on Saturday evening. by Kimberly Rinker, Ohio Standardbred Development Fund Administrator

The $120,000 Courageous Lady goes postward this Saturday (Oct. 17) at MGM Northfield Park. The Grand Circuit race is an open harness racing event for North America’s top 3-year-old filly pacers and has attracted a very competitive slate of foes vying to become this year’s champion. The race highlights an impressive card offering more than $780,000 in purses. Introducing this year’s field: Dance Club drew the rail in this year’s Courageous Lady.  This sophomore daughter of A Rocknroll Dance is one of two fillies in this field for harness racing’s leading trainer Ron Burke.  She is owned by Burke Racing Stable, Knox Services, D. Wills and Weaver Bruscemi LLC.  Dance Club enters the Courageous Lady off two straight wins at Harrah’s Philadelphia, including a 1:52 lifetime best in the $30,000 Liberty Bell on September 25.  Her career bankroll is $132,768.  Chris Page will drive this 7-2 second choice.     Keystone Eureka drew post 2 and has been instilled as a 6-1 shot.  She races out of the Ryan Miller stable and is trained at the Great Darke County Fairgrounds in Greenville, Ohio.  This Jugette contender attracts Aaron Merriman, the leading driver in North America.  Keystone Eureka just missed in her most recent race, pacing home in :26.3 at The Red Mile.  This daughter of Somebeachsomewhere is owned by Miller Racing Stable.  She has a career-best 1:52.4 (Mea 5/8) and a $114,375 bankroll.         Perfect Storm is this field’s 3-1 favorite and has drawn post three for trainer Robert McIntosh and owners Robert McIntosh Stables and Dave Boyle.  Driving superstar David Miller returns to his native Buckeye State to drive.  She enters this event off a runner-up performance in a $112,500 stake race at The Red Mile, pacing in 1:49 with a :26.2 final quarter.  Perfect Storm has a 1:51.1 (Wbsb 7/8) mark and $166,862 in earnings.      Ellagator is the lone Ohio-bred in this year’s edition.  Chris Mc Guire trains this daughter of Western Vintage for owner Howard Taylor.  At 20-1 she is the longest shot in the field and enters this race off a 1:53 lifetime best at Dayton Raceway.  Tony Hall travels to MGM Northfield Park to drive in this Grand Circuit event.  This filly has earned $163,512.  JK Finendandy will start from post five and has been installed as a 10-1 longshot.  This filly is trained by Jennifer Bongiorno.  JK Finendandy had a slow start to the 2020 season but has won three of her last four starts.  All three of those wins where stake races at Freehold Raceway.  Joe Bongiorno will drive for owners Mark Graber, Jason Graber, Loren Schmucker and Brookside Stables.  She enters with $160,496 in earnings and a mark of 1:54 (Fhld).      Pettycoat Business is the lone filly that supplemented to this race.  She is one of two fillies in this field trained by Brian Brown, this one for owners M. Robinson, R. Mondillo, RBH Ventures and Gilbilly Standardbreds.  This daughter of Art Major did not race last year and has won three of 11 starts this year, finishing nine times in the top-three.  She has $104,023 in earnings and a 1:50.3 (Lex 1) record.  Local fan favorite Ronnie Wrenn Jr. will be in the sulky.  Pettycoat Business a 6-1 l shot that enters this race off her lifetime best.  Blazin Grace starts from post seven and is 15-1.  She is one of two fillies in this field trained by Brian Brown at the historic Delaware County Fairgrounds.  Blazin Grace is owned by Country Club Acres, J. Sbrocco, Rich Lombardo and L&H Management Services.  Ryan Stahl has been listed to drive.  This Sweet Lou filly did not race as a freshman and has six victories this year, $72,487 in earnings and a 1:51.4 (Phl 5/8) lifetime mark. Drama Act drew the far outside in this year’s Courageous Lady.  This Well Said daughter is the second filly in this race for trainer Ron Burke.  She is owned by The OK Corral.  Drama Act has won seven of 14 lifetime starts.  She sports $165,482 in career earnings and a 1:50 (Mea 5/8) mark.  Matt Kakaley travels in to drive this 9-2 third favorite.  This year’s Courageous Lady has been slated as race 12 on a 16-race program. A $10,000 guaranteed Pick-4 pool has been added to the night. The guaranteed Pick-4 will begin in race 11. The undercard will feature eight $75,000 Ohio Sires Stakes consolations and Northfield’s annual Lady Drivers Challenge featuring all female drivers.   Ayers Ratliff

The $120,000 Courageous Lady goes postward this Saturday (October 13) at MGM Northfield Park. The Grand Circuit race is an open harness racing event for North America's top 3-year-old filly pacers and has attracted a very competitive slate of foes vying to become this year's champion. The race highlights an impressive card offering over $780,000 in purses. Perfect Storm will start from post three and has been installed as the 3-1 luke-warm favorite. The Robert McIntosh trainee has been a solid player in this year's sophomore pacing filly stakes scene and that has earnings of six figures this season. David Miller has been given the driving assignment. The morning line second choice, Dance Club, has drawn the rail for trainer Ron Burke. She enters off two consecutive victories, including the $30,000 Liberty Bell at Harrah's Philadelphia. Chris Page has been named to pilot. Ron Burke and Brian Brown each have entered two fillies in Saturday's featured event. Burke will also start Drama Act, the 9-2 third-choice contender from post-8 with Matt Kakaley. Brown will harness Pettycoat Business, the lone supplement to this year's Courageous Lady, a 6-1 shot from post-6 with Dexter Dunn driving and Blazin Grace, a 15-1 longshot from the seven-hole. Below is the complete 2020 $120,000 Courageous Lady field: PP Horse Trainer Driver Morning Line 1 Dance Club Ron Burke Chris Page 7-2 2 Keystone Eureka Ryan Miller Aaron Merriman 6-1 3 Perfect Storm Robert McIntosh David Miller 3-1 4 Ellagator Chris Mc Guire Ronnie Wrenn Jr. 20-1 5 JK Finendandy Jennifer Bongiorno Joe Bongiorno 10-1 6 Pettycoat Business Brian Brown Dexter Dunn 6-1 7 Blazin Grace Brian Brown TBA 15-1 8 Drama Act Ron Burke Matt Kakaley 9-2 *Final drivers are due 9 PM on Tuesday. This year's Courageous Lady has been slated as race 12 on a 16-race program. A $10,000 guaranteed Pick-4 pool has been added to the night. The guaranteed Pick-4 will begin in race 11. The undercard will feature eight $75,000 Ohio Sires Stakes Consolations and Northfield's annual Lady Drivers Challenge featuring all female drivers. MGM Northfield Park reminds horsemen of four upcoming fall late closers.  Draws for these late closers start tomorrow (October 13) for racing on Sunday.  All late closers carry a condition of: Non-winners of Two Pari-Mutuel Races (Ohio Sired N/W Three) or Non-Winners of $20,000 Lifetime (Through 9/30/2020). There is no pre-nomination necessary for any of the late closers, which all consist of four preliminary legs ($7,500 Purse) plus an $18,000 final.  Horsemen can simply enter on the scheduled draw date for a specific late closer and pay the entry fee the night of the horse’s scheduled start. A one-time entry of $300 covers the entire series and a horse does not have to race in every leg to be eligible for the final.  Call Northfield’s race office at 330.467.4101 ext. 52300 with any questions. by Ayers Ratliff, for Northfield Park

On Saturday (Oct. 10), MGM Northfield Park hosted the Ohio Fair Championships -- a series of eight $40,000 races that celebrates the Buckeye State's rich network of county fair harness racing. The highlight of the evening's competitive and exciting racing was the freshman filly trotting division, where Designer Specs (Full Count-Avalon Hall) completed her freshman season a perfect 14-for-14. Those 14 victories tie her as the winningest horse in North America this year with Lazy Day Hanover, First Gunner and Bad Ms Johnson. Driver Ryan Stahl found the garden spot with Designer Specs, an unusual place for the filly that is typically on the lead, and sat the pocket through times of :27.3, :57.1 and 1:27.1. Stahl tipped the flawless filly in the final quarter and she bested her closed competition by 1/2-length in 1:57.4. The clocking represents a new lifetime mark for the Full Count filly that is owned by Louise and Jay Weller of Republic, Ohio. Designer Specs trains under the tutelage of Jay's sister Jayne Weller. The championship elevated her earnings to $56,664. Designer Specs Timestorm captured the sophomore colt trotting final in 1:55.1 with driver Ronnie Wrenn Jr. for trainer Kent Hess and owner Ted Boschma. Saturday's victory was his 22nd win in 29 lifetime starts. Ball Diamond (We Will See - A Diamond In June) and Aaron Merriman came from post-eight to win the two-year-old filly pace division in 1:56.1 for trainer Lonnie Graber and owner Dannie Ray Hostetler. The win represents her seventh win in 13 starts. Checkmate (Broadway Hall - Dance With A Dolly) also overcame a poor post draw to score in the freshman colt trotting final. Hunter Myers drive the colt for owner Donna Jean Anderson and trainer Bryan Weaver. The mile was Checkmate's sixth win in 16 starts and lowered his mark to 1:59. Feelin Western (Western Terror - Suite Feelin) lowered his mark to 1:53.2 winning the two-year-old colt pacing final with driver Ronnie Wrenn Jr. It was the Western Terror's son's seventh win in 12 starts. Brian Brown trains the colt for the owning partnership of VIP Internet Stable and Joseph Rotella. Bad Ms Johnson won the sophomore filly pacing championship in 1:54.2 with trainer/driver Hank Le Van for owner Ricco Johnson. She now has 14 wins this year and is tied for the winningest horse in North America. The win brings her lifetime bankroll to $79,390. Electric Ridge received a perfect trip and scored in the three-year-old filly trot division. Aaron Merriman drove for trainer Chris Beaver, who co-owns with J. Gallagher, Moger-Delia Racing and S. Zeehandelar. The race's 1:56.2 clocking equaled the lifetime mark for the Triumphant Caviar filly that now has earnings of $90,622. Rockin Daddy O rocked his competition from post eight at odds of 80-1 in the sophomore pacing final in 1:51.2. Greg Grismore drove for Philippe Belanger who owns the son of Rockin Amadeus with Jeffrey Koesters. His impressive rally was his 10th win in 31 starts and carried his bank account to $58,294. MGM Northfield Park's October racing schedule is Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday at 6PM. Parking and Admission are always FREE. Ayers Ratliff

Grove City, OH - The Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association (OHHA) will host "Saturday Night at the Races" presented by the Galbreath Equine Center at The Ohio State University Veterinary Medical Center on October 10, from MGM Northfield Park on Facebook live. OHHA coverage will include the eight fair finals which are races three through ten on the 16-race harness racing card. Coverage will begin at 6:15 PM. The 2020 Ohio Fair Finals will be contested for two- and three-year-old trotters and pacers. The eight finals will be contested for total purses of $320,000 with each division going for $40,000. This season the Ohio Colt Racing Association, Ohio Fair Racing Conference Home Talent Colt Stakes, and Southern Valley Colt Circuit held races at 65 County Fairs in the Buckeye State. The various races were contested by 712 standardbreds (400 pacers-312 trotters) at the fairs. The group saw 412 two-year-olds and 300 three-year-olds go to the post. The finals have a field of eight for the two-year-old events and nine in the 3-year-old races. The trotters are led on the filly side by two-year-old Designer Specs who is a perfect 13 for 13 on the year with a mark of 1:58.3 and earnings of $36,664. The daughter of Full Count out of Avalon Hall will be driven by Ryan Stahl for trainer Jayne Weller. The colt division is led by Ohmyheart with Cameron McCown for Jason Hanna. The Dontyouforgetit out of Peg O My Heart has eight wins in 11 starts and has earnings of $34,531. The two-year-old filly pacers are led by Forever Missy, who has won seven times this year in 13 starts and has earned $22,170. The filly by McArdle out of Forever Cam will be driven by Kurt Sugg for trainer Cory Deyermand. In the colt division, the leader is Atta Boy Chris. The son of Big Bad John out of Chicascape has eight wins in 14 starts and has earned $21,173. Ken Holliday will drive for trainer Darrell Hooser. In the three-year-old division, the filly trotters are led by Flaming Andie with Kurt Sugg and trainer Jessica Millner. Flaming Andie is looking for her sixth win of the year. The And Away We Go filly out of Short Vacation has earned $23,911 in 2020. The top spot in the colt division is Blazintothefront by Full Count out of Lynn's Slider. Blazintothefront has seven wins in 24 starts and has earned $34,210. The driver will be Chris Page for trainer Vernon Beachy. In the pacing ranks, the top filly is Bad Ms Johnson by Big Bad John out of Jenava. She has won 13 times in 23 starts, earning $46,030. Bad Ms Johnson will be handled by trainer-driver Hank Le Van. The top colt is Cody Hanover. Trainer Derek Watiker has tabbed Mike Wilder to drive the son of Dragon Again out of Calgary Hanover. Cody Hanover has won 11 of 17 starts and has earned $47,516. Saturday Night at the Races is sponsored by Big Dee's Tack and Supply, Centerra Co-op, Cool Winds Farm, DAC Vitamins and Minerals, Eldorado Scioto Downs and Midland Acres. Frank Fraas

On Saturday (October 10) MGM Northfield Park will host the Ohio Sire Stakes Fair Championships, a series of eight races, each with a $40,000 purse, that celebrates the Buckeye State's rich network of county fair racing. The evening carries a first race post time of 6PM. Highlighting the octuplet of Championships is the freshman filly trotting division where Designer Specs places her perfect 13-for-13 record on the line in the evening's seventh race. She has drawn post two and looks to face a significant challenge from Boujee Girl (#4), who has been victorious in seven of her 12 races. Designer Specs is the even money morning-live favorite and Boujee Girl is the 3-1 second choice. Ryan Stahl has been named to drive Designer Specs for trainer Jayne Weller and owners Louise and Jay Weller of Republic, Ohio. Three-year-old colt and gelding trotters start the series of Championships in Saturday's third race. The division point-leader Timestorm (#4) is the 5-2 morning-line second favorite. Timestorm won 12 of 14 races last year, including an MGM Northfield Park track record performance in 1:56.4. The Kent Hess trainee had a rocky start to this year's racing action, but quickly got on track and has scored in nine of his 14 races in 2020. Ronnie Wrenn Jr. will be driving Timestorm for owner Ted Boschma of South Lyon, Michigan. The race favorite is (#9) Big Box Hanover and driver Jeff Nisonger. They are 9-5 on the morning line. Big Box Hanover has won 9 of sixteen races this year and has banked about $20,000 more than Timestorm for trainer Dalton Walls, who co-owns the trotter with Bruce Soulsby of Powell, Ohio. The fourth race will crown the freshman filly pacing fair champion. Lovely Munro is the 9-5 favorite from post seven. She has posted 8 wins in 12 starts for trainer Brian Brown and owner Ameer Najor of West Bloomfield, Michigan. Ryan Stahl has been named to drive. Sister Said, the field's 9-2 third choice and earned the most points competing at the fairs this summer, scoring six times. Derrick Flowers pilots Sister Said from post three. Omyheart is the point leader and 4-5 overwhelming favorite of the freshman trotting colt division. Jason Hanna has named Cameron McCown to drive for Michigan owners Jason Hanna and Mr. Kim Haver. Omyheart has won eight of 11 races this year and starts from post 4. 20-1 longshot Sixby Hanover leads in points for the horses entered in the freshman colt pacing division, but drew the dreaded 8-hole. This horse has won five of 14 races this year for owner Bartley Traditions Racing of Pickerington, Ohio. Trainer Jimmy Lupton has named Mike Wilder to drive. The 5-2 race favorite is #3 Cyclone Union Jack and driver Arron Merriman. This freshman has also posted five wins this year. His wins have all come in his last six races, which also includes a loss by a nose at the Delaware County Fair. Next, bettors will be watching the sophomore pacing fillies square-off as point leader Tiny Bit Of Sky is a 12-1 morning-line longshot. She just finished second, beaten a nose, in a $17,500 Buckeye Stallion Series event at the Delaware County Fair. Tiny Bit Of Sky has won seven of 21 races this year for owners Tommy and Andrea Householder of Delaware, Ohio. Trainer Russell Early III has given the driving assignment to Aaron Merriman. Shehitthehighnote is the 3-1 luke-warm favorite. She was a dead heat winner at MGM Northfield Park in her most recent outing. Hunter Myers will drive for trainer Jeff Nisonger and owner Thomas Radominski of Dayton, Ohio. Sophomore trotting fillies take to stage in the evening's ninth race. Electric Ridge has drawn post-2. She is the point leader in this division and is the 9-5 prohibitive favorite. Electric Ridge has won six of 18 races this year for her trainer Chris Beaver, who owns the filly with partners J. Gallagher, Moger-Delia Racing and S. Zeehandeler. Aaron Merriman has been named to drive. Three year-old colt pacers compete in the final championship of the evening in the 10th race on the 16-race program. Point leader Sweet Oliver drew the rail but is a 25-1 morning-line longshot. Ed Hennessy with drive the colt for trainer Sandra Hennessy, who co-owns with Paula Sugars. Sweet Oliver has won eight of 13 races this year, including three of his last four starts. The 2-1 race favorite is #5 Mr Ds Rock, who has posted five victories in 19 tries this season. He is trained by Brian Loney for the owning partnership of T. Carter, D. Carsey, SCP Stables and P. Carter. Ronnie Wrenn Jr. will be his driver. by Ayers Ratliff, for MGM Northfield Park

Northfield, Oh---Two trotting divisions in the Great Lakes Amateur Drivers Association's year- long harness racing series were contested on Saturday night (10-3) over Northfield Park's speedy half mile oval and when the races were declared official Larry Ferrari and Lauren Harmon each emerged victorious in their respective divisions. Ferrari was a neck winner with Mesmerized in 1:57.2 while Ms Harmon scored convincingly with Stardust Memories in 1:56.1. Both winners are altered sons of Cantab Hall. In his split Ferrari took no prisoners when he sent Mesmerized to the lead from the two-hole and rebuffed any and all challenges. After gaining command Ferrari got his trotter by the quarter in a relatively soft 29 seconds and was clear on the lead by the half in :59. When Marvin Raber moved Azucar off the pylons as the field headed to the halfway point Daniel Jones followed with Don't Forget Muscle and they ranged-up to challenge the leader. But when the field headed for paydirt Mesmerized hung tough and kept Jones'. charge at bay and hung on for a head triumph. Azucar garnered the show dough.   Owned by Kennedy Sports LLC and trained by Clair Umholtz, Mesmerized paid $12.00 for win. In the other split 20-year-old Lauren Harmon and Stardust Memories were decisive winners. After parking High Blue(Emanuel Miler) in a 27.3 first quarter Harmon kept the pedal to the metal and rebuffed High Blue and had Stardust Memories in complete command as they showed the way by the half in:57.2 From there it was catch-me-if-you- can, and nobody could, as the veteran gelding began to draw off and open daylight on his competition and Stardust Memories cruised to an oh-so-easy 8-1/2 length triumph in 1:56.1 Warrior Way came from far back to finish second for Eddie Miller and Jackie Goldstein, with Michelle "the Belle" Ruvola at the controls, finished third.   Owned by the Pod Stable and trained by Jessica Millner, Stardust Memories returned a $14.00 mutuel. by John Manzi for the Great Lakes Amateur Drivers Association

Northfield, OH--Nine members of the The Great Lakes Amateur Drivers Association (GLADA) convened at Northfield Park for a harness racing trot in the clubs year-long series and when the judges declared the race official, Here Comes Mooney and driver Darrell Rideout emerged victorious in a time of 1:57. But it took the photo-finish camera to determine that Rideout's trotter was the winner in a tight three-horse photo. Here Comes Mooney finished a neck in front of Mesmerised (Larry Ferrari) with Allen Sisco and Gonna Fly right there, just head behind the first two. When the race started Brian Miller sent the betting favorite, Stick With Me Kid, to the lead ad were challenged by the eventual winner who was second on the limb as the field passed the first stanza. However, at the halfway point Here Comes Mooney had pylon position and took command as Stick With Me Kid faded. From there it was a battle as Mesmerised picked up the chase and at the three quarters Mesmerised was challenging for the lead. In third place Gonna Fly was within striking distance and they raced heads apart all the way to the wire.   Rideout had had a drivers license for over 20 years and drove only occasionally. But this year he scored his third seasonal driving victory Here Comes Moony notched his 7th seasonal triumph. Sent off at odds of over 7-2 Here Comes Moony paid $9.60 for win. He's owned by Joe Cirasuola and trained by Chris Allen. The next event in the GLADA Series will be at the Red Mile on Oct 2.. by John Manzi, for GLADA

MGM Northfield Park will host this year's Signature Series Finals on Wednesday, September 23. The trot and pace final will each carry a purse of $10,000. The Signature Series finals are historically held at the Delaware County Fairgrounds during the week of the Little Brown Jug. However, this year they had been cancelled until MGM Northfield Park offered to host and reschedule the events. Veteran pacers and trotters compete all summer at select county fairs to earn points to be eligible for the Signature Series final. The top-nine point earners that enter will be drawn into this year's finals provided they meet Northfield Park qualifying standards. Also, there will be no more than two entrants allowed from any owner or trainer. Horsemen need to enter by Friday (September 18) by 9AM electronically or by calling the MGM Northfield Park Race Office at 330-467-4101 ext. 52300. by Ayers Ratliff, for MGM Northfield Park

Northfield Park has announced the dates of four Fall Late Closing Series. All of the newly added Late Closers carry a condition of: Non-winners of Two Pari-Mutuel Races (Ohio Breds N/W Three) or Non-Winners of $20,000 Lifetime (Through 9/30/2020). Sundays (October 18, October 25, November 1 and November 8) offers The Gridiron Series for horse and gelding pacers. Each of the four legs will carry a purse of $7,500. The $18,000 final (all purses guaranteed) will go to post on Sunday, November 15. Tuesdays (October 20, October 27, November 3 and November 10) will host The Election Night Series for horse and gelding trotters. Each of these legs will carry purses of $7,500. The $18,000 final will be (November 17). Wednesdays (October 21, October 28, November 4 and November 11) feature the Autumn Leaves Series for filly and mare trotters. All legs will be contested for a purse of $7,500. The final chases an $18,000 purse and goes to post on Wednesday (November 18). Saturdays (October 24, October 31, November 7 and November 14) will offer The Halloween Series for filly and mare pacers. Each leg will be raced for a $7,500 purse. The final will be Saturday (November 21) for a purse of $18,000. Pre-nominations are not necessary. A one-time $300 payment will be required of each entrant prior to their first start in the series (payments are not waived for scratches; entrants do not need to race in all legs of he series). Conditions for the series can be found at Horsemen should call 330-467-4101 ext. 52300 and speak to Northfield Park's race office for any additional questions. by Ayers Ratliff, for Northfield Park  

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