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Northfield, Ohio --- Harnesss racing driver Eddie Miller wins again. The hot-handed youngster scored his fourth victory in seven seasonal starts when he guided Warrior Way to a 1:58.4 triumph in a leg of the Great Lakes Amateur Drivers Association trotting series tonight at Northfield Park. And racing fans are starting to take notice of the youngster's talent. Tonight Miller had the pole position and the locals sent him away as the 3-5 betting favorite and Miller didn't disappoint. When the wings of the gate folded Miller got away third as Hail To The King and Marion Chupp gunned for command and they had a short lead over Mesmerized (Darrell Rideout) as they passed the first stanza in a swift :28.1. As the field approached the halfway point trailing horses began to move up so Miller moved off the pylons with sights on the front-end. However, Hail To The King was still strong as they approached the three quarters in 1:29.2. But when they trotted into the final turn he faltered and Warrior Way took command and began to draw clear. In the deep stretch Miller was the one to beat and no one could as Warrior Way finished a length ahead of fast closing Time Outa Jail (Lonnie Graber). So Wishful with Larry Ferrari at the controls, rallied from far back to finish third. WARRIOR WAY REPLAY   The winner, an 8-year-old Muscle Mass gelding is owned by Jamie Miller and trained by Eddie Miller. He paid $3.40. For full race results, click here. by John Manzi, for the Great Lakes Amateur Drivers Association

MGM Northfield Park has announced the dates of four Iron Maiden Late Closing Series. These series offer increased racing opportunities for younger horses to start their seasons. All of the late closers carry a condition of non-winners of one pari-mutuel race (Ohio breds n/w two) or non-winners of $10,000 lifetime (through 3/31/21). The series are divided into filly and mare pacers, colt and gelding pacers, filly and mare trotters, and colt and gelding trotters. No pre-nomination payments are required. However, a one-time $200 payment mut be made before any entrant starts in the series for the first time. The first draw for the Iron Maiden Series races will be Tuesday (April 6) for the Saturday (April 10) race date. Filly and mare pace will be conducted on Saturdays, colt and gelding pacers will race on Sundays, and trotters of both sexes will compete on Wednesdays. Each series consists of four $7,000 legs and a $20,000 final. Conditions for the series can be found at www.northfieldpark.com. by Ayers Ratliff, for MGM Northfield Park

Northfield, Ohio -- For the second time in the last three trots in the Great Lakes Amateur Drivers Association, young and talented harness racing driver Eddie Miller reined a winner. This week he took no prisoners and went down the road with Cowboy Country to a wire-to-wire triumph in a time of 1:58. On March 13 Miller won a GLADA trot with Bold Strategy at Northfield Park. Being sent off tonight as the prohibitive 1-2 favorite from the two-hole with Cowboy Country, Miller took command but was challenged by longshot Yss Toddys Prince (Mark Rocovich). They zipped by the quarter in :29 and were still side-by-side as they approached the half in :58.4. But by the time they reached that marker, Rocovich's trotter was all in, and his strides began to shorten. Meanwhile Better Call Saul (Lonnie Graber) was a solid second behind Cowboy Country as they trotted by the third stanza in 1:28.2. And as the field headed for the final turn, Darrel Rideout moved up behind Better Call Saul, but that was as far as he went. When the leaders approached the finish line, Better Call Saul was rallying, but the veteran trotter ran out of racetrack and was a head short as Cowboy Country held gamely for the win. Voss Volo came from out of the pack to garner the show dough for Manny Miller.   COWBOY COUNTRY REPLAY     Cowboy Country is owned by Rebecca Sugg and Steven Maas and trained by Eddie Miller. He paid $3.00 for win. For full race results, click here. by John Manzi, for GLADA

Hightstown, NJ — Eddie Miller was around 17 years old the first time he went to a harness racing track, visiting Ohio’s Northfield Park, about an hour from where he grew up in Navarre. Some five years later, he started winning races there. The 23-year-old Miller has been training a small stable of horses for himself in addition to a stable for driver Kurt Sugg. He got his first win in January 2020 at Northfield, with Sugg driving pacer Vegas Highroller, and has added nearly 100 more victories since then. “The first time I went to the races, I thought it was the coolest thing ever,” Miller said. “I got hooked on it. “Getting that first win down as trainer, that’s probably my biggest thrill so far. But we’ve had some good horses and I think I had a good year (in 2020) for somebody’s first year. Hopefully, it keeps only getting better.” Miller won 73 of 382 races last year and $547,726 in purses. This season, he has 21 victories in 96 starts and $104,992. He also has won three races lifetime as an amateur driver at Northfield and picked up four other triumphs at the fairs. “He’s a very hard worker,” said Sugg, who brought Miller on board in 2019. “He works all day long and he loves the horses. He’s really driven to succeed in the business. He’s not there just putting his time in. He does everything he possibly can to make the horses as good as they can be.” Sugg, who has 4,702 wins as a driver and 1,067 as a trainer, first got to know Miller when he was working for trainer Herman Hagerman. After Miller left to take a job in construction, Sugg talked him into coming to work with him. “It’s been a real good fit,” Sugg said. “I’m not getting any younger, I’m 51 years old, and I was trying to get him set up where he’s able to take over. He’s a good kid and willing to learn. I guess I see me in him, like when I was that age.” Among last year’s highlights for the Sugg-Miller duo was two wins in preliminary divisions of the Ohio Sire Stakes with 3-year-old male trotter Yanks Dugout, who also finished third in the Ohio State Fair championship and a division of the Ohio Breeders Championship. In addition, Mystical Virgin made $71,124 last year and competed multiple times in the fillies-and-mares Open at Northfield, finishing second on six occasions. The pacing mare was the first horse Miller ever claimed, for $10,000 in August 2019. “She’s been wonderful. He’s got a good eye for a horse,” Sugg said. “I guess I got lucky,” Miller said. “I’ve claimed some others that have been all right, but she’s been really good for us.” Miller, who at the moment has six horses on his own to go with Sugg’s 15, is hoping for more good times ahead. “There are good and bad days like everything else, but I just love it,” Miller said. “The horses are amazing animals and it’s good working with Kurt. He’s taught me a lot, and I’m still learning. We’re a really good team. We try to help each other out as best we can. If something needs to be done, we just chip in and do it. “It’s been going good for me. Thanks to Kurt and all, everybody who tries to help.” by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA

Northfield, OH-- In what turned out to be a hotly contested event Emanuel Miller went down the road and rebuffed all challengers while hustling Riverdancing Diva to a 1:57.4 victory in a harness racing leg of the Great Lakes Amateur Drivers Association trot at Northfield Park on Saturday night, March 20th. In a race where half of the field went for the lead when the wings of the mobile gate folded Emanuel Miller gained command with the 7-year-old daughter of Jailhouse Jesse from the five-hole and wouldn't relinquish command despite challengers whom were both two and three wide as they headed to the first quarter which was clocked in :28.4. The betting favorite, Back Door Man, driven by Floyd Rhodes, was persistent in his quest to gain the lead and just kept going forward from post seven. Despite being parked three-deep Rhodes was relentless as he sought the front-end as Back Door Man circled his second-over cover, Ubangi (Eddie Miller), and took aim at the pacesetter as the half-mile timer flashed :58.3. When the field passed the third stanza in 127.3 Riverdancing Diva still showed the way and when the field headed for home Emanuel Miller's charge, despite being tired, reached down for more and kept a stubborn Back Door Man at bay to score a 1:57.4 triumph. Mark Rocovich, who had a pocket trip along the pylons with Fort Commander, gained the show dough. RIVERDANCING DIVA REPLAY   Riverdancing Diva, is owned by Double Ee Meadows and trained by Mervin Schmucker. He paid $18.40 for win. For full race results, click here. by John Manzi, for GLADA

Among his family, Hank LeVan is not known as a patient person. "If you were to ask my wife or my mother, I have no patience," LeVan said with a laugh. "They tell me that I'm a terrible person to shop for because if I need something, even if Christmas or my birthday is just a week away, I just go get it as opposed to waiting." When it comes to harness racing, though, LeVan knows patience is a virtue. The 26-year-old is in his second season as a trainer-driver in Ohio and is hoping to build upon last year's numbers. In 2020, LeVan led the Buckeye fairs circuit with training purses of $167,636 and finished tied for third in wins with 31. He notched 38 victories as a driver, fifth best. Overall, he won 45 races as a driver and 38 as a trainer. This year, LeVan has been driving his stable's horses at Miami Valley Raceway and Northfield Park. He has four horses in action now out of a stable of 17. "I've really enjoyed it," LeVan said. "We haven't had the best start for 2021, not maybe as I would have liked, but the horses are doing OK. We just need a little more luck probably. I've always enjoyed working with the horses and now to be able to do it for a living is really kind of a dream come true." LeVan's family has been involved in harness racing for more than five decades. In his younger days, LeVan was more active in livestock showing and judging, but his participation in racing began to increase during the summer after his junior year in college. His grandfather, Herb, needed help at the fairs and LeVan decided to jump in. "I didn't have a job at the time, and I figured it would be neat to spend some time with him," LeVan said. "I started out just grooming horses. That fall I went back to college. I set a little money aside and told my dad (Louie) that if he was all right with it maybe we could buy a yearling together. We went to the Ohio Selected Jug Sale and bought one and ever since then it's kind of snowballed." Cursive L, named for the letter featured on the family's racing colors, was trained by LeVan's grandfather and gave LeVan his first win as a driver in 2017 at the Ottawa County Fair. He has added 70 wins since then. "In an ideal world, I would love to get to the point where I could drive every night at one of the tracks in Ohio and have a stable of horses of our own as well," LeVan said. "That would be the long-term goal. I hope the catch driving can pick up. "I know it's a really tough colony here and it seems like every year somebody new comes. They're talent guys and they've been doing it a lot longer than I have. I've got to wait my turn and hopefully things will open up." As for the stable, LeVan has nine 2-year-olds among his group. He hopes several can compete in the Ohio Sire Stakes, with others going to the Buckeye Stallion Series and the fairs. "I really enjoy the (young horses) and watching them progress," LeVan said. "Sometimes it can be frustrating, but the ones that pan out make it really fun. You have to be patient. There are some that I like real well, but I have to remind myself it's a long summer and you don't get paid to qualify. It's a fine line to have them ready." LeVan, who has a master's degree in agricultural communication, extension and leadership from Ohio State, would like to see his training and driving numbers continue to improve, but has not set specific goals. Last year, he earned $306,078 in purses as a driver and $284,066 as a trainer. LeVan drove nearly all the horses he trained, with his father driving the remainder. "I enjoy the fact I get to do this with my family," said LeVan, who is the oldest of six children. "Family is important to me, just being able to spend time with dad and my other siblings have become a little more involved since I've been doing it, and being able to talk to grandpa. "I also enjoy the competitiveness of it. If I ever made my mind up and said I wanted to do something, I didn't want to fall short; I wanted to make sure I get the most out of everything. Sometimes it works out and sometimes it doesn't, but I never wanted to be average at anything." As with many Ohio natives, LeVan would one day like to have a horse that could compete in the famed Little Brown Jug at the Delaware County Fairgrounds in Ohio. "That would be awesome," he said. "But we're still a small fish in a big pond. That takes time; the right horses and the right people around you. Hopefully someday." Someday, with a little patience. by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA     

MGM Northfield Park has announced the return to 6:00 PM as their first race post time starting with the racing program on Tuesday, March 16. Northfield Park currently races live every Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday. Full card simulcasting is offered daily. by Ayers Ratliff, for MGM Northfield Park

  Northfield, Ohio--The Great Lakes Amateur Drivers Association kicked-off its 2021 season with a trot at Northfield Park, and when the judges hung the official sign, Eddie Miller emerged victorious with Bold Strategy, turning back eight others with a 1:58.4 triumph. Miller, just 24 years of age, is in his second season of amateur driving, and tonight's victory was his first of the season. Up behind the odds-on favorite, Miller knew that the best place to be is on the front-end, so it was to no one's surprise when he sent his charge to the lead when the wings of the mobile gate folded, but he needed a 27.4 quarter to accomplish that. Heading to the first stanza, Steve Oldford, who was on the limb with Gonna Fly, found a seat third along the pylons as Miller kept the pedal to the metal and led his competition by the halfway point in :57.4. Up the backside, Oldford was forced off the pylons as others from the back moved to the outside and began moving up. Still, Miller and Bold Strategy were comfortable showing the way into the final turn, and when they straightened for home Bold Strategy was still the one to catch and no one could as the 4-year-old son of Break The Bank K rebuffed all challenges an went on to a length and a half victory in 1:58.4. Back Door Man rallied from the middle of the pack to finish second for Floyd Rhodes and Oldfrd and Gonna Fly finished third.       The winner, Bold Strategy, is trained by Eddie Miller for owners Rebecca Sugg, Watson Harness Racing, and Mary Stucky. He paid $3.20 for win. by John Manzi, for GLADA    

MGM Northfield Park has announced the addition of a $100,000 Pick-5 total pool guarantee for Tuesday (February 23). Beginning in race six, the $100,000 Pick-5 guaranteed total pool includes a carryover of $21,559. This harness racing 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, 50¢ (non-jackpot) Pick 6 and 20¢ Super High Five offer a reduced takeout rate of just 14%. Tuesday's post time is 5 PM. by Ayers Ratliff, for Northfield Park

MGM Northfield Park has announced the addition of a $15,000 harness racing Pick-5 total pool guarantee for Sunday (February 21). Beginning in race six, the $15,000 Pick-5 guaranteed total pool includes a carryover of $3,298. 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, 50ٕ¢ (non-jackpot) Pick 6 and 20¢ Super High Five offer a reduced takeout rate of just 14%. Sunday's post time is 5 PM.

MGM Northfield Park has announced the addition of a $50,000 Pick 4 and a $30,000 Pick-5 total pool guarantees for Wednesday (February 17). The second race starts the Pick 4 offering the $50,000 total pool guarantee with an $11,852 carryover. Beginning in race six, the $30,000 Pick-5 guaranteed total pool includes a carryover of $6,474. Race 13 starts the 50¢ (non-jackpot) Pick 6 offers a $2,343 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, 50ٕ¢ (non-jackpot) Pick 6 and 20¢ Super High Five offer a reduced takeout rate of just 14%. Wednesday's post time is 5 PM. by Ayers Ratliff, for Northfield Park

Northfield, OH -- Due to unsafe track conditions, MGM Northfield Park has canceled live harness racing for Saturday (February 13).   Racing will resume on Sunday (February 14) at 5 p.m. by Michael Carter, for Northfield Park  

With currently no horse racing permitted in Canada – some Ontario horse people have ventured south of the border and have had some luck in recent weeks. Driver Brett MacDonald, a Raceway regular, has been doing it and doing it well at Northfield Park – coming off a huge Mares Open Pace victory with Bettor Trix N for New Jersey’s Curtin Anz Stable and trainer Patrick Shepherd. She literally ran the competition off their feet, on Saturday night, as a pair of race favourites made breaks going to the quarter mile – just as she made front. After that it was fractions of 26.4, 56.1 and 1:24.3 – with a 29-flat final frame to win easily in 1:53.3… Bettor Trix N had been a regular upper class mare on the Ontario circuit, for trainer JR Plante, prior to shipping south in the new year.    We’ve seen familiar Raceway horses in Bettors Western, Whatarealbadgirl, Walter Mitty and Noahs Play all win in recent weeks at Northfield, as well, for MacDonald and Shepherd. Shepherd had recruited leading driver Aaron Merriman to pilot Sir Pugsley, Down On My Luck and Wild Country to victory lane throughout the month of January over the quick Cleveland, Ohio half-miler. We were chatting with Ontario trainer Taylor Fritz over the weekend and she has a few in to go tonight (Monday), at Northfield Park, with Brett MacDonald aboard. She’s been in the London winner’s circle plenty with fast-class pacer Brocks Fortune over the last few seasons – he’ll start from post 7 in the Race 15 finale. “He’s sharp, trained up and ready to go,” she says. “My new one, Machtu N, makes his first start for us in Race 4… I’ve made a few changes with him and hopefully they’ll help – we shall see!” Machtu N was a starter in the 2016 edition of the Molson Pace. It’d be just his fourth North American start, after showing well at Yonkers, but he’d have no luck and finish last in our signature event - where Evenin Of Pleasure would pace to a track record 1:50.3 upset win over Sunfire Blue Chip and Mcwicked. Other starters included All Bets Off, P H Supercam, State Treasurer and Bettor Rock On N. That was a great looking field of horses eh! 2016 Molson Pace Replay www.youtube.com/watch?v=jsRqbWO1uvc Other Ontario horses to watch for on this Monday evening program at Northfield Park include… - 2 Littlebitaswagger (Merriman-Shepherd) in Race 4 - 5 Power And Grace (MacDonald-Shepherd) in Race 7 - 8 Down On My Luck (Merriman-Shepherd) in Race 10 - 3 Franks Angel (Lems-Tierney) in Race 11 - 8 Prestige Seelster (MacDonald-Symes) in Race 12 We’ve got selections for Northfield Park featured at www.atbforum.com/northfield-park-picks-mon-feb-8th-w-shannon-sugar-doyle/ - best of luck if playing along! by Shannon ‘Sugar’ Doyle, for The Raceway  

Northfield, OH -- MGM Northfield Park has announced a $25,000 guaranteed Pick-6 total pool for Saturday's (Jan. 30) race card. Beginning in race eight, the $25,000 guarantee includes a carryover of $12,471.   Northfield's Pick-6 is 50-cent minimum non-jackpot wager.   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-5, Pick-6 and 20¢ Super High Five offer a reduced take-out rate of just 14%. Saturday's post time is 4:20 p.m.   By Michael Carter, for MGM Northfield Park

Longtime harness racing horseman Andy Rickert reached a career milestone on Tuesday (January 26), harnessing his 1,000th training victory at MGM Northfield Park. The achievement was realized when Ryan Stahl drove Keystone Chester to a 1:57.1 victory to win the evening's sixth race. Rickert's 1,000th training win was the result of 7,317 starts that also saw him finish second 972 times and third another 951. All told his earnings have amounted to just over $7.9 million. MGM Northfield Park has announced an addition of Monday, February 8 to this year’s calendar of live racing days.  Post time for the added day is to be determined depending on the current statewide curfew in Ohio.     In addition, Northfield had dropped Tuesday, October 19 from the racing calendar.  Rickert's 1,000th training win

Northfield, OH - MGM Northfield Park has announced a continuation of their temporary change in post time to 4:20 PM for their live harness racing programs, until further notice. Northfield Park programs are currently conducted every Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday. Simulcasting continues daily from 12 p.m. to 9:45 p.m. The continuation is needed because of the extension of the state of Ohio's Department of Health's recent order of a curfew that businesses must close between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m.   Michael Carter MGM Northfield Park

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