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Aaron Merriman had a big night at MGM Northfield Park on Wednesday (January 13) winning seven times on the 15-race program. Aaron's harness racing triumphs were with Taco Tuesday ($3.20) in race three, Difference Maker ($5.80) in race four, Rooney Blue Chip ($3.20) in race seven, Down On My Luck ($7.20) in race eight, Sir Pugsley ($3.20) in race 13, Catch Me Conrad ($2.80) in race 14 and Arthur Pendragon ($5.20) in race 15. Merriman won his first race in 1998, a $2,200 conditioned event at the former Raceway Park in Toledo, Ohio, aboard Albert's Filly. Since breaking his maiden, Aaron has scored almost 13,000 more times with purse earnings over $86.5 million. MGM Northfield Park has announced a $20,000 guaranteed Pick 5 total pool for Saturday’s (January 16) race card.  Beginning in Race 6, the $20,000 guarantee includes a carryover of $4,495. The guarantee is being offered at part of the Strategic Wagering Program through the United States Trotting Association.  The evening’s eighth race starts the 50¢ (non-jackpot) Pick 6 offering a $7,082 carryover. Northfield’s Pick 3s, Pick 4s, Pick 5, Pick 6 and 20¢ Super High Five offer a reduced take-out rate of just 14%.  Saturday’s post time is 4:20 PM.   Ayers Ratliff

MGM Northfield Park has announced a $100,000 guaranteed Pick 4 total pool for Wednesday's (January 13) race card. Beginning in Race 2, the $100,000 guarantee includes a carryover of $25,032. The guarantee is being offered at part of the Strategic Wagering Program through the United States Trotting Association. The evening's eighth race starts the 50¢ (non-jackpot) Pick 6 offering a $4,774 carryover. Northfield's Pick 3s, Pick 4s, Pick 5, Pick 6 and 20¢ Super High Five offer a reduced take-out rate of just 14%. Wednesday's post time is 4:20 PM.   Ayers Ratliff

MGM Northfield Park has announced a $25,000 guaranteed Pick 5 total pool for Tuesday's (January 12) race card. Beginning in Race 6, the $25,000 guarantee includes a carryover of $4,140. The guarantee is being offered at part of the Strategic Wagering Program through the United States Trotting Association. The evening's eighth race starts the 50¢ (non-jackpot) Pick 6 offering a $2,045 carryover. Northfield's Pick 3s, Pick 4s, Pick 5, Pick 6 and 20¢ Super High Five offer a reduced take-out rate of just 14%. Tuesday's post time is 4:20 PM.   Ayers Ratliff

MGM Northfield Park has announced a $25,000 guaranteed Pick 5 total pool for Saturday's (January 9) harness racing card. Beginning in Race 6, the $25,000 guarantee includes a carryover of $6,016. The guarantee is being offered at part of the Strategic Wagering Program through the United States Trotting Association. The evening's eighth race starts the 50¢ (non-jackpot) Pick 6 offering a $4,891 carryover. Northfield's Pick 3s, Pick 4s, Pick 5, Pick 6 and 20¢ Super High Five offer a reduced take-out rate of just 14%. Saturday's post time is 4:20 PM.  

Northfield, OH - Aaron Merriman and Billy Rhoades concluded the 2020 MGM Northfield Park harness racing season with victories in the driving and training titles respectively. Merriman carved out 519 victories, while his nearest competitor, Ronnie Wrenn Jr, drove 452 winners, followed by Kurt Sugg (308), Chris Lems (235), and Ryan Stahl (230) to complete the top five. Merriman a resident of Northfield, also who his sixth national dash championship leading all drivers in wins throughout the U.S. Merriman has been on a tear the previous four seasons, with 1,000 wins or more in his previous three seasons prior to 2020. COVID-19 limited Merriman from reaching that milestone again, but he still managed to score 725 wins with over $5.9 million in earnings. Merriman, who began driving in 1997 has won 12,692 races and earned just over $86 million in purse earnings. "Northfield is home to me, I'm beyond happy and privileged to drive for the horseman here," said Merriman. Rhoades won his first ever training title in 2020 with 181 victories in 708 starts with just over $1.1 million in earnings. Brian Loney (154), Sam Schillaci (141), Ron Burke (138), and Jessica Roegner (86) completed the top five in conditioner standings. Rhoades, who celebrated his birthday on Saturday (Jan.2 ), finished third among conditioners in North America in wins (213) behind Ron Burke and Richard Moreau. Looking back on his first training title Rhoades commented, "It's a great feeling, I hope it's not the last." Merriman and Rhoades teamed up for many victories together throughout the 2020 season. "Northfield is my favorite place to race," said Rhoades. "I love being able to race there with my favorite driver (Merriman)." Rhoades began his training career in 2004 and has 635 victories in just over 2,600 starts with over $4 million in earnings. "It's a good feeling to do something you love as a job and to be able to provide for my family," said Rhoades. Ayers Ratliff

Northfield, OH -- MGM Northfield Park will kick off the new year with a harness racing revamped wagering menu highlighted by a new 50-cent Pick-6 each night. The new wager offers a low 14% takeout rate and will begin in Race 8 starting Sunday (Jan. 3). The non-jackpot 50-cent wager will pay out a consolation of 25% of that night's total pool and feature a 75% carryover if the wager is not solved. Northfield's wagering menu will feature a few changes with the Early Pick-4 moving to Race 2 and the Pick-5 moving to Race 6. MGM Northfield Park's 2021 racing season kicks off on Saturday & Sunday January 2 & 3 and then continues every Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday through the winter. Post time is currently set for 4:20 p.m. due to the statewide Ohio curfew.  

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

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