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Northfield Park offers a mandatory payout of the 20¢ Northfield Single 6 wager on Wednesday's harness racing program (June 3). Normally the Single 6 Jackpot can be won only by the holder of a unique winning combination that selects the winners of races 9 through 14, but the mandatory payout provision on June 3 will award all winning tickets with an equal share of the Single 6 pool. Beginning in the ninth race, the 20¢ Northfield Single Six features a $20,000 total pool guarantee (including the $7,096 carryover). 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, 20¢ Super High Five and 20¢ Northfield Single Six offer a reduced takeout rate of just 14%. The 20¢ Northfield Single 6 will be discontinued after the Wednesday (June 3) card. A conventional (non-Jackpot) Pick-6 wager will take its place on Northfield's wagering menu in the coming weeks. Wednesday's post time is 6 PM. Ayers Ratliff

MGM Northfield Park announced the addition of a $20,000 Pick-5 total pool guarantee on Monday (June 1) harness racing program. Beginning in race two, the $20,000 Pick-5 guaranteed total pool includes a carryover of $4,598. 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, 20¢ Super High Five and 20¢ Northfield Single Six offer a reduced takeout rate of just 14%. Northfield has also announced the scheduling of a mandatory payout of the 20¢ Northfield Single 6 on Wednesday (June 3). The wager was paid a lone ticket on Saturday (May 30) with a healthy $31,719.22 payoff. Normally the Single 6 Jackpot can be won only by the holder of a unique winning combination that selects the winners of races 9 through 14, but the mandatory payout provision on June 3 will award all winning tickets with an equal share of the Single 6 pool, including all money in the carryover. The 20¢ Northfield Single 6 will continue to be offered every racing night through the mandatory payout on June 3. The wager will be discontinued after the June 3 card. A conventional (non-Jackpot) Pick-6 wager will take its place on Northfield's wagering menu in the coming weeks. Monday's post time is 6 PM. Ayers Ratlif  

Northfield Park will have a mandatory payout of the 20¢ Northfield Single 6 wager as the highlight of the harness racing program on Wednesday (June 3). Normally the Single 6 Jackpot can be won only by the holder of a unique winning combination that selects the winners of races 9 through 14, but the mandatory payout provision on June 3 will award all winning tickets with an equal share of the Single 6 pool, including all money in the carryover, which currently stands at over $20,000. The 20¢ Northfield Single 6 will continue to be offered every racing night through the mandatory payout on June 3. The wager will be discontinued after the June 3 card. A conventional (non-Jackpot) pick 6 wager will take its place on Northfield's wagering menu in the coming weeks. Northfield's live racing schedule in June will remain Mondays, Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday nights, post time 6:00 (Eastern).   Ayers Ratliff

Columbus, OH — In Tuesday (May 27) night’s 13th race at Northfield Park, four harness racing horses and drivers were involved in an accident at about the five-eighths pole. The four involved were Led Schneppelin (Tony Hall), Splendid Party (Hunter Myers), Boys Turn (Chris Lems) and JK Parlay (Ryan Stahl). According to a post by Ohio Harness Horsemen’s Association’s Executive Director Renee Mancino on her Facebook page and shared on the OHHA’s page: “Heartfelt concern and prayers for continued healing for all horses and drivers involved in last night’s 13th race chain reaction accident at Northfield Park. The accident appeared to have occurred due to Ryan Stahl’s horse catching a shoe, hopple, or some other equipment failure and dropping to the track, trailing horses had no chance to avoid and went over him. Tony Hall, Hunter Myers, Ryan Stahl, Chris Lems were all involved. All horses are rumored to have walked off with road rash and minor contusions. All drivers involved are stable and alert or walked off. Chris Lems drove in the next race and won, Ryan Stahl walked off, but was later being encouraged to visit the hospital. Immediately trailing horses with Tony Hall and Hunter Myers took the brunt of it. Early reports show Tony was awake and alert, but admitted to Level One Trauma with spinal trauma and broken ribs. Hunter was also awake and alert with possible hip and facial injuries. God Bless them and their families as they recover. Thank God it wasn’t as bad as it looked.” Also on the OHHA Facebook, Amy Hollar, the MGM Northfield Park Track Representative for the organization, added this post: “Spoke with Hunter’s (Myers) sister, he has a fracture in his jaw. Tony’s (Hall) wife, Ashley, told me he has nine broken ribs and a crushed vertebrae. Both are still hospitalized……………all horses are OK from last night’s accident.” the USTA Communications Department

MGM Northfield Park is announcing a $64,684 20¢ Super High Five carryover in the 13th race on Wednesday (May 27) harness racing program. The evening's ninth race begins the 20¢ Northfield Single Six (a unique combination Pick-6) boasting a $16,557 carryover. Northfield's Pick-5, Pick-4s, Pick-3s, 20¢ Super High Five and 20¢ Northfield Single Six offer a reduced takeout rate of just 14%. Wednesday's post time is 6 PM. FREE PP's are available on Northfield's website all week.

Northfield, OH — Free past performances, multiple guaranteed pools, full fields and million-dollar earners highlight a strong program of harness racing as MGM Northfield Park re-opens (without spectators) on Tuesday (May 26) with post time at 6 p.m. Prior to this break, Northfield had not been off for more than a week since the 1990s. The wagering menu on the 15-race card is highlighted by a $40,000 guaranteed pool in the 13th race (20-cent Super High Five), which includes a carryover pool of $8,134, left over from when no one selected the top five finishers in correct order when Northfield last raced on March 18. The Super High Five also has a low 14 percent takeout rate, as do all of Northfield’s Pick-3, Pick-4, Pick-5 and the Jackpot Single 6 wagers. The early and late Pick-4 wagers will also carry their normal $10,000 guarantees as a part of the USTA Strategic Wagering Program. Top class horses will be in action on the track as Open Handicaps for both pacers and trotters headline the card. Southwind Amazon, winner of 92 career races and more than $1 million in purses, will not only face stout competition in the Open Pace from regular rivals Bully Pulpit and Carolina Beach, but a pair of invaders from Yonkers Raceway, Luis Alberto N and $991,927 lifetime earner Atta Boy Dan. Real Peace, Barley Up, The Wayfaring Man and Just Toyin With Ya will also be heard from in the full field of nine (race 10 on the card). Wind Of The North, a career earner of more than $1.1 million, will battle eight rivals in the co-featured Open Handicap Trot (race 12). Perlucky, winner of two straight before racing was halted, is assigned the outside post in the evenly matched group. While no spectators will be in attendance, Northfield’s full card can be watched live on northfieldpark.com (as it can be every live race night) and wagered on through all major ADW’s world-wide. Northfield will also race on Wednesday (May 27); Friday (May 29); and Saturday (May 30) to round out the month of May. Free past performances for all four of Northfield’s cards this week will be available at northfieldpark.com. For all of the latest news on the resumption of racing, visit the USTA COVID-19 Resource Center. by Ayers Ratliff, for Northfield Park

Northfield, OH — Free past performances, multiple guaranteed pools, full fields and million-dollar earners highlight a strong program of harness racing as MGM Northfield Park re-opens (without spectators) on Tuesday (May 26) with post time at 6 p.m. The wagering menu on the 15-race card is highlighted by a $40,000 guaranteed pool in the 13th race (20-cent Super High Five), which includes a carryover pool of $8,134, left over from when no one selected the top five finishers in correct order when Northfield last raced on March 18. The Super High Five also has a low 14 percent takeout rate, as do all of Northfield’s Pick-3, Pick-4, Pick-5 and the Jackpot Single 6 wagers. The early and late Pick-4 wagers will also carry their normal $10,000 guarantees as a part of the USTA Strategic Wagering Program. Top class horses will be in action on the track as Open Handicaps for both pacers and trotters headline the card. Southwind Amazon, winner of 92 career races and more than $1 million in purses, will not only face stout competition in the Open Pace from regular rivals Bully Pulpit and Carolina Beach, but a pair of invaders from Yonkers Raceway, Luis Alberto N and $991,927 lifetime earner Atta Boy Dan. Real Peace, Barley Up, The Wayfaring Man and Just Toyin With Ya will also be heard from in the full field of nine (race 10 on the card). Wind Of The North, a career earner of more than $1.1 million, will battle eight rivals in the co-featured Open Handicap Trot (race 12). Perlucky, winner of two straight before racing was halted, is assigned the outside post in the evenly matched group. While no spectators will be in attendance, Northfield’s full card can be watched live on northfieldpark.com (as it can be every live race night) and wagered on through all major ADW’s world-wide. Northfield will also race on Wednesday (May 27); Friday (May 29); and Saturday (May 30) to round out the month of May. Free past performances for all four of Northfield’s cards next week will be available at northfieldpark.com. For all of the latest news on the resumption of racing, visit the USTA COVID-19 Resource Center. by Ayers Ratliff, for Northfield Park

Northfield, OH—Live harness racing (without spectators in attendance) will resume at MGM Northfield Park on Tuesday, May 26, post time 6:00 pm. On Thursday morning, May 14, the Ohio State Racing Commission finalized a Resolution and Statewide Protocol Plan to allow the resumption of live horse racing, without spectators, in the state. “We are pleased by the Resolution, and thankful to the OSRC and Ohio government officials for their hard work and the opportunity to resume racing in Ohio” said Dave Bianconi Director of Racing Operations at MGM Northfield Park.  “The safety and health of our employees and horsemen is our top priority and we will diligently follow the OSRC protocols.” The racing schedule for the final week of May at Northfield will include cards on Tuesday (May 26), Wednesday (May 27) an added program on Friday (May 29) and Saturday (May 30), all with a 6:00 pm post time.  While no spectators will be in attendance, wagering on the racing action will be available worldwide through Northfield’s simulcast network, including all major Advance Deposit Wagering companies (ADW’s).  Free live video of Northfield’s racing is available every race night at www.northfieldpark.com and through most ADW platforms.  

Northfield, OH - The 20-cent harness racing Northfield Single Six was taken down by a lone combination for a monstrous $49,040.14 return on Monday (Jan. 20). The payoff was hit by a patron wagering at MGM Northfield Park on Monday night. The Single Six wager premiered in 2018, and has become with bettors chasing colossal returns. The unique combination Pick-6 offers a low 14% takeout rate. The 20-cent wager carries over 50% of its nightly pool until it is solved by a single combination. Monday's payoff is evidence that the 20-cent wager is doing exactly what it was designed to do; offering handicappers monstrous jackpot. By Ayers Ratliff, for MGM Northfield Park.

Storied pacer Southwind Amazon became a millionaire winning the $15,000 Open Pace on Monday (January 20) in MGM Northfield Park’s ninth race.  Southwind Amazon went to the gate with 88 career wins and $998,216 in earnings.  Monday’s victory yielded $7,500, bringing his career tally to $1,005,716. The 10 year-old was assigned the outside post six in the evening’s featured pace.  He was fifth through the :26.4 opening quarter.  Southwind Amazon started his first-over bid in the second split and remained there through fractions of :55.1 and 1:23.  Amazon took the lead at the top of the stretch and bested his competition by ¾-length in 1:52.  Greg Grismore was given the evening’s driving assignment by Southwind Amazon’s trainer Paul Holzman.  The son of Camluck is owned by Ameer Najor of West Bloomfield, Michigan.  Southwind Amazon was the race favorite and returned $3.80 to win.  Paul Holzman with Southwind Amazon and his groom Alex Smith. (Raymond Lance Photo)   $20,000 Pick 5 Guaranteed Pool Tuesday at MGM Northfield Park MGM Northfield Park has announced the addition of a $20,000 Pick-5 total pool guarantee on Tuesday (Dec. 21). Beginning in race two, the $20,000 Pick-5 guaranteed total pool includes a carryover of $5,342. 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, 20¢ Super High Five and 20¢ Northfield Single Six offer a reduced takeout rate of just 14%. Tuesday’s post time is 6 PM. Ayers Ratliff  

Northfield, OH -- Due to winter weather conditions in Northeast Ohio, MGM Northfield Park has canceled live harness racing for Saturday (Jan. 18). Live racing is set to resume on Sunday (Jan.19) at 6 p.m. Sunday's card features a trio of guaranteed pools in conjunction with the United States Trotting Association's Strategic Wagering Program. Wagering opportunities include a $10,000 guaranteed total pool Pick-4 in races seven and 11, and a $10,000 guaranteed total pool Super Hi-5 in race 13. Free past performances provided by TrackMaster can be found here. By Ayers Ratliff, for MGM Northfield Park  

The storied harness racing pacer Southwind Amazon enters MGM Northfield Park's ninth race on Monday (January 13) with $998,216 in career earnings. A first, second or third place finish will yield more than the $1,784 needed to add a second comma to his earnings. Finishing in the top-three appears to be more than attainable for the 88-time winner. Southwind Amazon has been assigned post-6 in Monday's $15,000 Open Pace and is the 9-5 morning-line favorite. Chris Page has been named to drive by Southwind Amazon's trainer Paul Holzman. The 10-year-old son of Camluck is owned by Ameer Najor of West Bloomfield, Michigan. by Ayers Ratliff, for Northfield Park

Aaron Merriman added to his history-making career on Monday (Dec. 30), becoming the first harness racing driver to achieve three straight 1,000-win seasons, acheving his 1,000th win in the 14th and last race at Northfield Park late Monday evening. Over the past couple of weeks, harness racing fans have been anxiously waiting to see if Merriman would complete the historical task. Merriman came through with seven victories on the day, including three wins at The Meadows earlier in the afternoon. The well-traveled reinsmen scored the victory in the 14th race aboard Some More Prince trained by William Rhodes. Merriman wasted no time sending Some More Prince to the lead once the gait sprung. He led Taurus Du Parc (Chris Lems) and Yankees Image (David Lake) through fractions of :28.1 and :57.4, before taking off past three-quarters of 1:26.3 leading Gale Force Hanover (Jason Thompson) and Sass (Hunter Myers) through the stretch. Merriman would not be denied his historic victory as he cruised to a 9-3/4 length victory in 1:56. "I had some horses with some shots, not my typical night where I drive a bunch of favorites," explained Merriman. "Noone appreciates this more than I do, it's a lot of hard work, a lot of family love, and everyone helps me."     In 2018, Merriman became the only driver to score 1,000 wins in back-to-back seasons following a year where he posted 1,095 victories. Merriman, now just 41, continues a torrid schedule, having driven in over 4,000 races the last six seasons. Aaron Merriman has won more races over Northfield's Flying Turns than any other driver in the track's history. by Ayers Ratliff, for Northfield Park

Northfield Park reminds horsemen of nine conditioned series, all based on a horse's earnings per start in 2019. These series will be for horses that are n/w $600 per start in 2019, n/w $1,000 per start in 2019 and n/w $2,000 per start in 2019 - separated by sex on the pacing side -- with all trotters racing together. There is no pre-nomination necessary for any of the series, which all consist of two preliminary legs, plus a final and possible consolations. Simply enter on the scheduled draw date for a specific series and pay the entry fee the night of the horse's scheduled start. Entry fees range from just $50 to $200 (one-time fee) with the series finals going for purses of $10,000 to $20,000. Horses do not need to compete in both preliminary legs of the series to qualify for the final or consolations. The first draw for these series (for F&M pacers) is Monday morning December 30 (declare by 9 AM) - to be raced on Saturday night, January 4. Call Northfield's race office at 330-467-4101 ext. 2300 for any questions. Click here for a complete schedule and rules: by Ayers Ratliff, for Northfield Park

Each year must come to an end, and when it does harness racing must say goodbye to a few classy veterans that have competed till mandatory retirement. Every horse's birthday is January 1 and per the rules of the United State Trotting Association, a harness horse faces mandatory retirement the day they turn 15 years old. Thursday (December 26) at Northfield Park three horses will compete for their final time because they each turn 15 years old on Wednesday (January 1). Among the trio saying "Au revoir" to the racing scene is T Red. T Red has been one of the most reliable horses racing on the Michigan and Ohio circuits for about a decade. Thursday will mark his 477th race. T Red is one of just 16 pacers to win 100 times. He enters Thursday with 104 wins, 66 seconds and 73 third-place finishes, earning $479,673. T Red's lifetime mark was taken as a 5 year-old when he won in 1:51.1 at Indiana Downs. Henry Gully of Cement City, Michigan purchased T Red as a 4 year-old and has also been his trainer for the past 10 years. He may have spoiled Gully because he is the first horse that the 72 year-old Michigander ever owned, and was a mere $800 purchase. T Red has competed on 37 different racetracks throughout his career and has been piloted to victory by 33 different drivers. He goes to post in the eighth race on Thursday from the dreaded 8-hole and is 25-1 morning line. T Red seen here winning on the 28th of November 2018 at Northfield Park Thursday's second race marks 14 year-old veteran trotter Pembroke Snapshot's 351st and final race. He has 45 lifetimes wins, 45 runner-up placings and 52 thirds. He has earned $391,454 and has a 1:54 career best at The Meadows at age six. He is owned by Mikel Decker of Adrian, Michigan and trained by Jennifer Carpenter. The evening's third race will be 14 year-old Electric Lad's final race. He starts from post-7 and is 25-1. He is owned and trained by Brian Bellamy of Anderson, Indiana. Thursday will be his 381st race with 54 wins, 52 seconds and 46 third-place finishes, earning $453,908. His 1:51.2 mark was paced at Hoosier Park at the age of nine. Electric Lad seen here pacing home for his 50th career win The three are scheduled to compete as part of Northfield Park's 15-race program beginning at 6PM. For the fields and race charts click here. Ayers Ratliff  

MGM Northfield Park has announced the addition of a $25,000 Pick-5 total pool guarantee on Monday (December 23). Beginning in race two, the $25,000 Pick-5 guaranteed total pool includes a carryover of $5,514. 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, 20¢ Super High Five and 20¢ Northfield Single Six offer a reduced takeout rate of just 14%. Monday's post time is 6 PM. by Ayers Ratliff, for Northfield Park

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