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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 8/31/2019). Sundays (October 6, October 13, October 20 and October 27) highlight The Gridiron Series for filly and mare pacers. Each of these legs will also carry an $8,000 purse. The $20,000 final will be Sunday (November 3). Mondays (October 7, October 14, October 21 and October 28) will offer The Halloween Series for horse and gelding pacers. Each leg will be raced for an $8,000 purse. The final will be Monday (November 4) for a purse of $20,000. Tuesdays (October 8, October 15, October 22 and October 29) will host The Election Night Series for horse and gelding trotters. Each of the four legs will carry purses of $8,000. The $20,000 final will go to post on Tuesday (November 5). Wednesdays (October 9, October 16, October 23 and October 30) feature the Autumn Leaves Series for filly and mare trotters. All legs will be contested for a purse of $8,000. The final chases a $20,000 purse and goes to post on Wednesday (November 6). A one-time $300 payment will be required of each entrant to be eligible. Payments are due by September 21 (or postmarked by September 23). Conditions for the series can be found at The link is near the bottom of Northfield's homepage. by Ayers Ratliff, for Northfield Park

Northfield, Ohio-- As what often happens when several harness racing horses charge for the lead when the gate springs on a double oval undoubtedly there will be some who never see the pylons. And although that scenario occurred tonight in a Billings Trot at Northfield Park, "Tiny Tim" Miller and Dominus Hanover overcame the overland route and rallied to a 1:58.3 victory despite being parked the entire mile. Perhaps it was because Miller never rushed his charge away from the gate and was content to keep Dominus Hanover near the back of the pack as William "Dusty" Rhoades cut swift fractions of :28.3-:57.4 and 1:28 with Romeo and led the competition all the way to the top of the stretch. While Rhoades was showing the way up front Miller was back in seventh position getting cover from United Bi (Alesha "the Lethal Lady" Binkley). As the field neared the three quarters Miller sent Dominus Hanover around United Bi and took aim at the leader (Romeo). Picking up horses on the way Miller unleashed his charge and rallied to a three-quarter length victory over Better Call Saul ("Chicago George" Bonomo) who had enjoyed a covered journey from the half. Romeo held on for the show dough. Dominus Hanover, a 6-year-old Muscle Massive gelding owned by his driver, paid $6.20. For Miller, it was his first seasonal driving victory and 46th of his amateur career. by John Manzi, for the Billings Series

Northfield, OH — Sporadic rainfall throughout the evening didn’t put a damper on $2.4 million worth of Ohio Sires Stakes contests at Northfield Park on Sunday (Sept. 1). The highlight of the eight $300,000 finals for 2- and 3-year-old trotting and pacing colts and fillies came in the final OSS event, the 3-year-old colt pace, as 6-5 favorite Bllack Hole endured an excruciating first-over journey to triumph in 1:49.4. Owned by L&L Stables and trained by Clarence Foulk, the son of Mr Apples-Feel The Thunder was steered by Tyler Smith to his sixth straight victory this season in as many tries. Yankee Boots (Dan Noble) was second at 8-5, three-quarters of a length behind the winner, while 14-1 Cross Country (Luke Ebersole) nabbed third place honors. Bllack Hole now has $213,298 in seasonal earnings and $228,099 in his career bankroll. Trainer Ron Burke teamed up with driver Chris Page to capture two OSS finals, beginning with Looksgoodinaromper in the 2-year-old filly pace. Owned by Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi, Looksgoodinaromper used wire-to-wire tactics to score a 1:52.4 clocking as the 1-2 favorite. Beautiful Beach was second for Aaron Merriman at 8-1 while Artful Dancer was third for Trace Tetrick at 11-1 odds. The Pet Rock lass had established a world record of 1:52.3 for 2-year-old pacing fillies on a half-mile track via her victory in a $50,000 OSS leg at Northfield on Aug. 9. Bred by Robert and Barbara Bongiorno, Looksgoodinaromper is the first foal out of the Village Connection mare Don’t Blame Her p,1:51.2s ($830,555). Her freshman earnings now stand at $241,300 from four wins, one second and a third in six starts. Burke and Page returned to the winner’s circle a few races later with 3-5 favorite Elver Hanover, a son of Yankee Cruiser-Edra Hanover who stormed to a four length 1:51.2 effort in the 2-year-old colt pace final. Owned by Burke Racing, Bridgette Jablonsky, Jason Melillo, and J&T Silva- Purnel & Libby, Elver Hanover got the best of 9-5 Ocean Rock (Dan Noble) who had led the field of eight until the head of the stretch. Mr D’s Rock (Aaron Merriman) was third at 39-1 odds. Elver Hanover is now six for six lifetime, with a career bankroll of $256,500. Driver Aaron Merriman scored the first of his two OSS final victories by piloting 3-1 Kikimora to a 1:57 triumph for trainer Chris Beaver in the 2-year-old filly trot final. The daughter of Triumphant Caviar-Nessa Rose posted her third win in seven tries for owner/breeder Sandra S. Burnett who owns the filly in partnership with her trainer. She now has $203,556 in career earnings. Even-money favorite Globetrotting was second for Anthony MacDonald with 7-2 Guinevere Hall (Peter Wrenn) third. Merriman next took the 3-year-old filly trot final with 1-9 Only Take Cash, last year’s 2-year-old winner, in 1:54.1. Owned by Robert McIntosh Stables, Dave Boyle and Mardon Stables, the daughter of Cash Hall-Armbro Affair was a front-stepping winner by three-quarters of a length over 13-1 Weslynn Quest (Tyler Smith) and 9-1 Aunt Rose (Ronnie Wrenn Jr.). Only Take Cash upped her career earnings to $570,561 with her 14th win in 17 starts. Action Uncle was a front end winner for driver Brett Miller and trainer Virgil Morgan Jr. in 1:55.1 in the 2-year-old colt trot final. The homebred Uncle Peter-Action-broadway youngster is owned by Kenneth Sommer Trust and notched his second career victory at 5-2 odds. The winner finished just under two lengths in front of 8-1 Big Box Hanover (Simon Allard) with 8-1 Exhibit Class (Ronnie Wrenn Jr.) third. Action Uncle now has $196,300 in earnings. Driver Tony Hall brought the tough Queen Of The Pride into the Northfield Park winner’s circle for owner Frank Chick in 1:51.3 in the 3-year-old filly pace final. The rangy McArdle-Lionness Hanover filly, who left the gate at 2-1 odds, was bred by Brad Wallace and bested 6-5 Giggles In Dreams (Shawn Barker II), with 82-1 Norman’s Madeline (Lewayne Miller) getting up for third. Queen Of The Pride pushed her lifetime bankroll to $660,479 with her 13th career win. Finally, 4-5 Lane Of Stone and Jeff Nisonger captured the 3-year-old colt trot final for trainer Mark Winters Sr. and owner/co-breeder Harry Horowitz. The son of Wishing Stone-Wisteria Lane was never headed throughout the one mile test, stopping the clock in 1:54.1 as he recorded career victory number 15 and added the $150,000 winner’s share to his lifetime bank account of $431,213. Voyage To Paris was second for Dan Noble at 6-1 with 37-1 longshot Yes third for Anthony MacDonald. Eight $75,000 OSS consolation races will be held Saturday (Sept. 7) at Scioto Downs, along with a pair of $75,000 veteran championships for pacers, ages 4 and up. by Kimberly Rinker, for the Ohio Standardbred Development Fund

MGM Northfield Park is the proud host of Ohio Super Night on Sunday (September 1). The night will offer harness racing fans superb racing action featuring the best youngsters in the Buckeye State and prize drawings in Races 1-12 with chances to win a 2019 Buick Encore, Caribbean cruise for two, trip for two to Las Vegas and various other cash prizes. With more than $2.5 million in purse money being distributed over the evening, this richest night of racing in Northeast Ohio's history features a series of eight $300,000 races which will decide the Ohio Sires Stake Champions. First race post time is 6 PM. The evening's festivities begin at 5 PM, when the first 1,500 guests receive a FREE Malley's chocolate pretzel bar. Each chocolate bar contains a mystery ticket inside good for match play coupons, cash, Super Night t-shirts or cookware and one lucky guest can win $1,000! (limited one per person, 18 years and older). Guests can enjoy live music by Rick and Sharona from 5:30 - 8:30 PM and Cleveland area food trucks from 6-9 p.m. The apron scene will also feature a T-Shirt Toss by the winning driver from the winner's circle after each Sires Stake Championship Race. Guests can also try their luck at a pair of games. The putting challenge takes place from 7- 8 PM and the Dice Game from 8:30- 9:30 PM. Each game offers the chance to win Ohio Lottery tickets, cash or Northfield Park hats. Lady Luck's Clubhouse will offer a lavish Ohio Super Night Buffet for $19.95 per person. Reservations are required and only limited seating remains. Please call 330-467-4101 to make reservations. by Ayers Ratliff, for Northfield Park

When Ocean Rock paced to a new world record clocking of 1:51.1 on Aug. 24 at Northfield Park in his $40,000 Ohio Sires Stake harness racing division, Lyndsay Hagemeyer had tears in her eyes. The son of Rockin Amadeus, who established a new mark for 2-year-old gelding pacers on a half-mile track, heads up a field of eight in the $300,000 Championship (Race 10) on Sept. 1 at Northfield Park.   Danny Noble trains and drives the youngster for long-time Standardbred owner Sandra Burnett of Wilmington, Ohio, from post six.  Hagemeyer, a third-year veterinarian student at The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine, was on the scene when Ocean Rock first entered this world at the Hagemeyer family farm in Clarksville, Ohio. This speedy youngster, the first foal out of the On The Attack mare Ocean Pearl, p, 5, 1:53.2f ($143,637) has $78,167 in career earnings coming into the Championship. “He was a ‘dummy’ foal,” Lyndsay recalled.  “He didn’t want to get up on his own and he didn’t appear responsive to his mother.  It was a normal delivery, and while we’re always on hand if a mare needs assistance, we didn’t have to intervene with his delivery.  But after he was out and getting cleaned off, we realized his situation quickly.” The term ‘dummy foal’ is a common moniker in the breeding business. The official term is “neonatal maladjustment syndrome.”  Dummy foals often appear confused, detached and unresponsive to their dams and many require 24/7 care and feeding by breeders. “The theories on what causes this condition varies,” Lyndsay stressed. “Some veterinarians think it could be a result of an overabundance of neuro-steroids in a foal’s bloodstream, which help to keep them quiet during the birthing process, or a slight lack of oxygen during delivery—nobody is really sure.  The average is about three out of every 30 foals will be dummy foals.” To assist the newborn Ocean Rock, Lyndsay, working in tandem with her parents, Scott and Cindy Hagemeyer, performed what is known as the “Madigan Foal Squeeze” procedure on the newborn. The foal is wrapped gently with soft ropes, in a kind of mini-harness, and light pressure is applied for a short period to mimic the time the foal is in the birthing canal.  “The purpose of squeezing is to pursue the foal’s brain to go from neuro-inhibition to neuro-activation,” Lyndsay explained.  “In other words, to make them wake-up from the womb.” After about 20 minutes, the ropes are removed and the foal gets up, suddenly alert and responsive and interesting in nursing. The technique is named for the University of California-Davis Veterinary Professor John Madigan, an expert in equine neonatal health. “We got him up every hour and then less frequently as he became more able to get around on his own,” Lyndsay related. “We also supplemented him with colostrum and a plasma infusion.  The main issue was making sure he got his colostrum as the mare had low levels of it.” Colostrum is fluid produced by a mare prior to her milk production and is loaded with antibodies necessary to boost a newborn foal’s immune system.  The mare produces colostrum no more than 24 hours prior to birth and is vital to a foal’s survival. It is imperative that a foal get colostrum from the mare within the first two hours of its birth to fight off infection—the main cause of death in newborn foals.  Often, breeders will supplement a foal when the mare’s colostrum levels are low, and many keep supplies of colostrum from donor mares on hand throughout the foaling season. “Sandra (owner Burnett) is a close family friend and brings her mares to us to foal out and we also wean them and breed them back for her,” Lyndsay said. “She’s the type of owner who does right by her horses.  She never sells a filly and has a ton of horses at her home. “There are days in the breeding business when you really question what you’re doing and think ‘why am I here?’” Lyndsay offered. “But then, when you see a horse like Ocean Rock go out and set a world record, you know all the hard work that it took to get him here was worth it.  It’s just so exciting to know where he came from and see where he is today.” by Kimberly Rinker, for the Ohio Standardbred Development Fund  

Northfield, OH — Ocean Rock paced to a new harness racing world record clocking of 1:51.1 in the first of three $40,000 Ohio Sires Stakes (OSS) contests at Northfield Park Friday. The son of Rockin Amadeus established the new mark for 2-year-old gelding pacers on a half-mile track. Driven smartly by trainer Dan Noble, Ocean Rock grabbed the lead at the start of the mile test and never looked back, pacing easily through panels of :26.1, :54.1 and 1:22.2 before posting a :28.4 final panel to prevail by 5-1/2 lengths over 8-1 Rockntheafterparty (Kyle Ater) with 7-1 Isowantapetrock (Ronnie Wrenn Jr.) nabbing third place honors. The win was the fifth in six tries for Ocean Rock who was bred and is owned by Sandra Burnett. This speedy youngster now has $78,167 in career earnings. He is the first foal out of the On The Attack mare Ocean Pearl, p, 5, 1:53.2f ($143,637). The second OSS division went to divisional leader Elver Hanover, the 8-5 choice and driver Chris Page, who was steering the youngster for trainer Ron Burke and partners B. Jacblonsky, J. Melillo and J&T Silva-Purnel-Libby. Elver Hanoer was timed in 1:53.2, completing his sweep of all four OSS legs, and placing him in the top spot in the OSS standings. The son of Yankee Cruiser-Edra Hanover and the 8-5 favorite, was slow getting into the mix initially but then pulled first over at the three-quarters before pacing home in a brisk :26.2, finishing half a length in front of 6-1 Standford Court (Wrenn Jr.). Can B Perfect (Tyler Smith) was third at 3-5 odds. Elver Hanover is now five for five lifetime and has $106,500 in his career bankroll for his connections. Finally, it was the 3-5 homebred Gray Dragon taking the third OSS division handily in 1:54 for driver Brett Miller and trainer Virgil Morgan Jr. This gray colt, by Dragon Again-Rock For Glory-Rocknroll Hanover is owned and was bred by Emerald Highlands Farm. He raced for most of the mile parked on the outside of the leading 5-2 Opportune Hanover (Chris Page) and nudged by his rival in the late going to win by three-quarters of a length. Third place went to 9-1 One Rock (Greg Grismore). This was the second career victory for Gray Dragon, who now has $66,460 in career earnings from two wins and two seconds in five starts. The following eight 2-year-old pacing colts are now eligible to participate in the $300,000 finals set for Ohio Super Night, Sept. 1, at Northfield Park. They are: Elver Hanover (204 points); Gray Dragon (137 points); Rockntheafterparty (116 points); Opportune Hanover (109 points); Ocean Rock (103 points); Can Be Perfect (90 points); Rock Smart (84 points); and Mr Ds Rock (74 points). by Kimberly Rinker, Ohio Standardbred Development Administrator

NORTHFIELD, OH — He may very well be the Roy Hobbs of harness racing. In the classic baseball movie “The Natural,” Hobbs, portrayed by Robert Redford, endures 16 years between striking out a Babe Ruthian character known as Whammer and playing for the big league New York Knights as a 35-year-old rookie. A silver bullet delayed his debut. Cooper, a bay six-year-old harness racing trotter, had been missing in pari-mutuel action for nearly four years, a lifetime for a racehorse, when he showed up to compete at Northfield Park in early June. For a Standardbred who hadn’t raced in 45 months, he’s become an overnight success. Cooper, who failed to win a race in six starts in 2015 as a freshman and banked a measly $3,305, has ripped off six consecutive victories ($20,700 in earnings) at Northfield Park. Remarkably, he trots faster with each and every outing. Where has he been? He was busy pulling an Amish buggy around Sugarcreek, Ohio, a village in Tuscarawas County that’s about an hour south of Northfield Park. Cooper, no longer an equine limousine, seeks his seventh straight victory Wednesday night in the 10th race at Northfield. The masterminds behind the magical rebirth of the son of Canadian sire Kadabra, are longtime Sugarcreek friends Homer Stutzman and Firman Troyer. “He’s a total surprise,” said Troyer, who owns and trains Cooper after purchasing him privately from Stutzman. “Every time he races, he amazes me.” Stutzman, who bought Cooper at auction a few years back for a few thousand dollars, is not as surprised. “When I first got him, he (had a) sore behind and he also had a kidney infection,” said Stutzman. “I called an equine chiropractor and he worked on him. It just took some time for him to come up to snuff.” And when he did, Cooper started transporting the Stutzman family around town with improved smoothness. There were the usual trips to the store, to church and to the homes of relatives, all with great zip. It’s also when Stutzman heard a sound that made him think Cooper wanted to once again trot for his dinner. “I started hearing his hooves hitting the axles on the buggy,” he said. “That told me that he was really feeling good and stretching out.” So, Stutzman reached out to Troyer earlier this year and encouraged him to give Cooper a second chance at the races. “I have a day job in Sugarcreek, building doors at Provia Door, so training horses is a hobby of mine,” said Troyer. “Homer knows horses and he said he thought Cooper would do, so I decided to try him as a racehorse.” After getting him in shape at a stable in Sugarcreek, Troyer shipped Cooper to Northfield for a morning qualifying mile on May 30. It was the first time he’d been on a racetrack since Sept. 6, 2015, when he failed to finish in a race at Flamboro Downs in Canada. Not only did Cooper go wire-to-wire over a sloppy track to win the qualifier by 1 ½ lengths, he was timed his mile in 1:57 4/5. “My first reaction was that I wasn’t sure the timing device was working,” said Troyer. “That was mighty fast.” The timer was accurate and the impressive clocking earned Cooper the right to race for purse money at night. He has more than made the most of the opportunity, perhaps fearful of being returned to the life of a Sugarcreek taxi. Cooper has not only won all six of his starts by an average margin of 6 1/2 lengths, he has dramatically lowered his winning time in each subsequent outing, turning in an eye-popping career best 1:53 2/5 last Wednesday. “We never figured this would happen, but we’re enjoying every minute of it,” said Troyer. “Cooper is the best horse I’ve ever had. He has the nicest temperament. There isn’t a mean bone in his body. My little boy could race him.” And what does Mark Steacy think of Cooper? He’s the trainer who had him in his failed first year of racing. “What he’s done (at Northfield) is something you don’t see very often,” said Steacy. “I sent him back to his owner because he was just too slow. But good for him. Perhaps he just matured.” Troyer isn’t sure what has gotten into Cooper, but whatever it is, he’ll gladly accept more of it. “The future? I don’t know,” he said. “The future will just have to tell us what it is.” By Bob Roberts, Special to The Plain Dealer, reprinted with permission

Northfield Park is announcing the addition of a $40,000 20¢ Super High Five total pool guarantee to its card on Saturday (August 17). Offered in race 13, the $40,000 Super High Five guaranteed total pool includes a carryover of $10,520. The evening's ninth race begins the 20¢ Northfield Single Six (a unique combination Pick-6) with a $386 carryover. Northfield's Pick-5, Pick-4s, Pick-3s, 20¢ Super High Five and 20¢ Northfield Single Six offer a low 14% takeout rate. Saturday's post time is 6PM. by Ayres Ratliff, for Northfield Park  

The 20¢ Northfield Park Single Six was solved down by a sole combination for a lofty $20,287.64 return on Wednesday (August 14). The hefty payoff was hit by a patron watching and wagering on the action at the Flying Turns in person. The Single Six wager premiered on October 13, 2018 and has become very popular with punters chasing colossal returns. The unique combination Pick-6 offers a low 14-percent takeout rate and starts nightly in race nine. The 20¢ wager carries over 50 percent of its nightly pool until it is solved by a single combination. Wednesday's result is evidence that the 20¢ wager is doing exactly what it was designed to do -- offering handicappers monstrous jackpots. By Ayres Ratliff, for Northfield Park

Dexter Dunn hails from Down Under in New Zealand and traveled to the United States less than a year ago. He had never been to MGM Northfield Park, but arrived on Saturday (August 10) full of confidence to drive race favorite Bettor's Wish in the $400,000 Carl Milstein Memorial. He went to the gate on the heels of losing two straight photos in the $682,650 Meadowlands Pace and $285,362 Cane Pace. Bettor's Wish started from post three and went to the lead around the initial turn. He set pedestrian fractions of :28.2 and :57. "I was happy when I saw the fractions," admitted Dunn. "If we would have got beaten from there, it would have been a rough night. The fractions were pretty slow, but it all pays the same." Dunn urged Bettor's Wish in the third quarter and he responded, posting times of 1:24.1 and 1:50.3. The colt pulled away by 3 ½-lengths from his closest competitor, Captain Victorious (Yannick Gingras). Bettor's Wish (Bettor's Delight-Lifetime Star-Western Ideal) is owned by the partnership of Christopher Ryder, Bella Racing LTD, Fair Island Farm and Bettor's Wish Partners. Saturday's victory is the 11th score for Bettor's Wish. The win makes the Chris Ryder trainee harness racing's newest millionaire, pushing his earnings to $1,096,600. Following in succession after Bettor's Wish were Captain Victorious, Century Farroh, Yankee Boots, Southwind Ozzi, Rockie Got Framed and Workin Ona Mystery. American Mercury was scratched sick. Bettor's Wish returned 3.80 to win. The race was in honor of Carl Milstein, who owned and operated Northfield Park from 1984 until his death in 1999. It is the richest invitational event in harness racing for pacers. Two races prior to the main event, Dancin Yankee captured his fourth straight $50,000 Myron Charna President's Pace. The Ohio-sired event by invitation began in 2016. Dancin Yankee left from the gate, initially taking the lead before letting the heavy favorite, Sectionline Bigry (Tyler Smith), reclaim the top just past the :26.2 opening quarter. He received the garden trip through times of :54.4 and 1:21.3 before making his move in the stretch and winning by ½-length in 1:49.2. The clocking equaled Northfield's track record for Five Year-Old and Up Pacing Horses, set by All Bets Off (Matt Kakaley) in 2017. Ron Burke trains Dancin Yankee for the Burke Racing Stable. Chris Page was in the bike. by Ayers Ratliff, for Northfield Park

Five Ohio Sires Stakes featured several harness racing track records set and tied on a cool Saturday evening, August 10 at Northfield Park. In the first of a trio of $40,000 OSS events, 1-9 favorite Lane Of Stone cruised easily to a 1:54 new track record triumph in front-stepping fashion for driver Jeff Nisonger and trainer Mark Winters, Sr., who conditions the son of Wishing Stone for owner Harry Horowitz of Brooklyn, NY. "This is the kind of trotter everyone dreams about," Nisonger told interviewer and Northfield Racing Secretary Dave Bianconi. Lane Of Stone now has $279,393 in earnings from this latest victory, having previously won OSS legs one and three. In the second OSS test, a $50,000 race for 3-year-old pacing fillies, Queen Of the Pride sped to a front-end 1:51.4 clocking for driver Tony Hall, tying the Northfield Park track record for age and gait. Kevin Lare trains the McArdle lass for Frank Chick of Harrington, DE. "Kevin (trainer Lare) had to make some equipment changes and they were just enough to smooth her out," driver Hall related. "She was strong and solid tonight--just what we want to see going into the final." Queen Of The Pride pushed her career earnings to $510,579 with this latest win, the 12th of her career. Giggles And Dreams, the 6-5 choice, captured the second $50,000 OSS contest for 3-year-old pacing fillies for driver Shawn Barker II and trainers/owners Don and Mike Yeazel. "I named this filly after my son," Mike stated. "He used to dream and would giggle in his sleep." "I've waiting for 45 years to have a horse like this," Don added. Giggles And Dream grabbed the lead from the start and never looked back, pacing to a 1:51.2 triumph. The daughter of Nob Hill High upped her lifetime earnings to $168,695 with this, her seventh lifetime victory in 24 starts. Dylan The Great, with Chris Page at the lines, captured the second $40,000 OSS for 3-year-old trotting colts, coming from off the pace to nail the victory for trainer Ronnie Burke and owners Burke Racing, L. Karr, J&TSilva-Purnel&Libby and Weaver Bruscemi. This gelded son by Break The Bank K stayed off the pace until the late going before drawing off by six lengths in 1:53.2. Serenity Cruise picked up the victory in the third OSS contest for 3-year-old trotting colts, stopping the timer in 1:54.2 with Tyler Smith in the sulky. The Uncle Peter gelding is trained and co-owned by Brent Davis along with the Hatfield Stables and Roy Davis, and sat behind the pace-setting Yes until late stretch before pulling and besting his rival by 2¼ lengths. Unraced at two, Serenity Cruise now has $68,000 earned this season from five wins in 11 starts. by Kimberly Rinker, Ohio Standardbred Development Fund Administrator  

Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi's Looksgoodinaromper established a new harness racing world record of 1:52.3 for 2-year-old pacing fillies on a half-mile track via her victory in one of two $50,000 Ohio Sires Stakes at Northfield Park on Friday night, Aug. 9. Piloted by Chris Page for trainer Ronnie Burke, the freshman daughter of Pet Rock simply cruised in wire-to-wire fashion through panels of :27.1, :56.3 and 1:24.2 en route to her second career victory in four lifetime starts, upping her earnings to $66,300. Sent off at odds of 1-2, Lookslgoodinaromper was 8¼ lengths in front of 35-1 longshot Sara Jane (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) at the wire, while 14-1 PJ's Legacy (Kayne Kauffman) got up for third. Bred by Robert and Barbara Bongiorno, Looksgoodinaromper's record eclipsed the old mark set by Riley Roo of 1:53.2 in a 2018 Ohio Sires Stakes event. This speedy bay filly had finished third in OSS Leg One on July 3 at Northfield and second by a nose to Artful Dancer on July 19 at Scioto Downs, clocked in 1:52.2. Looksgoodinaromper is the first foal out of the Village Connection mare Don't Blame Her p, 10, 1:51.2s ($830,555). McMarkle Sparkle did not disappoint her connections, capturing the other OSS contested for 2-year-old pacing fillies handily in 1:53.3 for driver Brett Miller and trainer Jim Arledge, Jr. The McArdle lass, who now has $68,050 for owners Laura and Paul Baker of Galloway, Ohio, also used gate-to-wire tactics to nab her second OSS contest. This sturdy-build homebred had captured Leg One on July 5 at Northfield in 1:54.3 before finishing second in Leg Two on July 19 at Scioto Downs, timed in 1:53. McMarkle Sparkle, the even-money favorite, finished a full 7½ lengths ahead of 4-1 Rockmatic (Tony Hall) with 15-1 Shesrockingwichita (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) nabbing third-place honors. McMarkle Sparkle is the seventh foal out of the Towner's Big Guy broodmare T's Ladies Nite p, 3, 1:51s ($56,535) and is a half-sister to Alwaysagoodthing p, 4, 1:52.3f ($98,525) and It's a Deal p, 4, 1:57.2h ($21,429)--both by Metropolitan. Trainer Ronnie Burke also harnessed It's Academic to win the first of three $40,000 divisions for freshman trotting colts and geldings. The son of Uncle Peter trotted to a commanding 1:58 effort with Chris Page at the lines, finishing three-quarters of a length in front of favorite Action Uncle (Brett Miller) with 11-1 Dream Creation (Kurt Sugg) finishing third. It's Academic won Leg One in 1:58.4 and Leg Two in 1:57.3 for owners Burke Racing, Bill Donovan, Joe Sbrocco and Hatfield Stables. He has $68,400 in lifetime earnings from four wins in five lifetime starts is the first foal out of the Muscle Hill mare Annapolis 3, 1:55 ($49,594). Exhibit Class had taken the first OSS trotting division in a front-stepping 1:57.2 with Ronnie Wrenn, Jr., at the lines for trainer Sean Smithpeters and owner Marion Beachy. The son of Triumphant Caviar had won Leg One in 1:58.1 and now has $58,458 in career earnings. He finished six lengths in front of Breakout The Gold (Tyler Smith) with Doubleyellowline (Danny Noble) third. Exhibit Class is the third and most prolific foal out of the Classic Photo mare Classic Blaze 5, 1:55.3 ($27,185). Ronnie Wrenn, Jr., was back in the winner's circle for the final OSS contest for freshman trotting colts with 6-1 Attache', using a well-timed, inside move up the rail to prevail by a nose at the wire over 3-1 Hearcomescharlie B (Ryan Stahl) in 1:57.3. Big Box Hanover was third for driver Danny Noble. The son of Broadway Hall is owned by trainer Chris Beaver, Mary McLoughlin, Steve Carter and Steven Zeehandelar and is out of the American Winner mare Patti Page. Attache now has $41,250 in career earnings and is a half-brother to 2019 Ohio Sires Stakes winner Patti's Main Man (by Manofmanymission) 3, 1:55.1f ($119,511) and also to Get Chipped (by Chip Chip Hooray) 6, 1:54.3 ($415,424) and to Express Justice (by Justice Hall) 5, 1:54.3f ($282,311), etc. by Kimberly Rinker, Ohio Standardbred Development Fund Administrator  

Elkton, MD -- Post Time with Mike and Mike presented by the USTA/BetAmerica, is excited to announce the line-up for Thursday morning (Aug. 8) at 10:30 a.m. They will be joined by Dave Bianconi, Emily Gaskin, Rob Pennington, and Bob McClure Bianconi, Director of Racing at Northfield Park, joins to discuss this weekend's $400,000 Carl Milstein Memorial. The race has drawn contenders from across the country including Delivin Miller Adios champion Southwind Ozzi. Bianconi will discuss what goes into the invitations for the race and what the track has in-store for fans on Saturday night. Gaskin, Director of Marketing at Harrah's Hoosier Park, will talk about the $300,000 Dan Patch Stakes on Friday night. Last year, Lazarus N was the talk of the town, but this year another top horse has emerged in Lather Up. Lather Up became the co-fastest horse ever with a 1:46 score at The Meadowlands and enters fresh off a victory in the Sam McKee Memorial. Pennington joins to discuss this weekends National Standardbred Horse Show. He will talk about the events of the upcoming weekend and what fans in attendance can expect. McClure, the winning drive of the 2019 Hambletonian, joins to talk about his thoughts of the big race following his victory last Saturday for trainer Luc Blais. McClure won the race in his first try and he will talk about his comeback following an accident earlier this year. Post Time continues it's live remote schedule Friday night with action from Harrah's Hoosier Park. A release will follow with more details about the live remote on Friday. Post Time with Mike and Mike presented by USTA/BetAmerica can be heard live every Thursday at 10:30 a.m. via their website or on the archive at by Michael Carter, for Post Time With Mike & Mike

Dave Ratchford was 16 when he bought his first horse. "And I've never been without a horse since then," the 75-year-old Nova Scotia resident said. Good thing. Otherwise he would have missed the opportunity to own a horse like Century Farroh. Century Farroh has won eight of nine races this year and competes in Saturday's (Aug. 10) $400,000 Carl Milstein Memorial Invitational for 3-year-old pacers at Northfield Park. The colt goes to the Milstein off a 1:49.4 win in an Ontario Sire Stakes Gold event, beating multiple-stakes-winner Bronx Seelster by a neck and Meadowlands Pace champ Best In Show by a half-length at Woodbine Mohawk Park. At 7-2 on the morning line, Century Farroh is the second choice behind 5-2 favorite Bettor's Wish. "He doesn't seem to want to get beat," Ratchford said about Century Farroh, who has a four-race win streak. "I like some of the grit he has. Most of his trips have been hard-nosed. He's on the front end, he's doing the road work, and he just seems to keep on going." Ratchford, who owned an insurance agency before retiring about 10 years ago, has trained and driven horses for much of his life and still works with a small stable. He purchased Century Farroh for $17,000 at the 2017 London Selected Yearling Sale in Ontario. The colt is a son of Mach Three out of the stakes-winning mare Beachy Girl. Century Farroh, who has earned $293,128, is the richest of Beachy Girl's four foals to reach six figures in earnings. All seven of the mare's foals have won at least one race. "The pedigree is fairly good for the budget I like to use; I like between $15,000 and $30,000," said Ratchford, whose other recent successes included $10,000-yearling purchase Ms Mac N Cheese; the winner of more than $600,000 on the Ontario circuit. "I like the challenge of one on the lower end of it. He was one of maybe 30 colts or fillies I had marked in the catalogue to look at. He came by and he fit the bill. I was in the right place at the right time, I guess." Century Farroh was turned over to trainer Dr. Ian Moore after Ratchford prepped and qualified the colt in Nova Scotia. He competed primarily on Ontario's Grassroots Series circuit in 2018 and finished his season with four wins in 10 starts. All four victories came in a row to close his campaign, including a triumph in the Grassroots final. "He was a nice colt right from the time we broke him," Ratchford said. "I wasn't sure if he would be this kind of a horse, we're not used to that, but he's never done anything wrong. He's a nice gaited colt. He's good mannered. Everything is good about him." Ratchford staked Century Farroh lightly this year, focusing on races in Ontario. In addition to the Ontario Sire Stakes, he made the colt eligible to the North America Cup and Simcoe Stakes. Century Farroh's only loss this year was a seventh-place finish in his Cup elimination, when he started from post nine and missed a spot in the final by a half-length despite a :26 last quarter-mile. "It was nobody's fault; it was just the way the race went," Ratchford said. "Nothing went his way. It just wasn't in the cards. "There is some thought we might supplement him somewhere later on," he added. "We're not really sure. We'll just see how it goes. I don't have any regrets at this point. I'm very happy with what's taken place, and hopefully what is going to take place." Century Farroh will start the Milstein from post two in a field of eight. The group includes Art Rooney Pace winner Bettor's Wish (who also has been second in the North America Cup, Meadowlands Pace, and Cane Pace), Adios champion Southwind Ozzi, multiple-stakes-winner Workin Ona Mystery, and New York Sire Stakes standout American Mercury. "I'm considered a pretty lucky guy, I suppose, as far as acquisitions are concerned," Ratchford said. "We're trying to make it happen. I don't expect this is going to happen again in a lifetime, so we're riding it while it's here. It's just starting to sink in what this horse is." Racing begins at 6 p.m. (EDT) Saturday at Northfield Park. The Milstein Memorial is race 10 on the card. Following is the field. Post-Horse-Driver-Trainer-M/L 1-Captain Victorious-Yannick Gingras-Ron Burke-8/1 2-Century Farroh-David Miller-Dr. Ian Moore-7/2 3-Bettor's Wish-Dexter Dunn-Chris Ryder-5/2 4-Yankee Boots-Dan Noble-Steve Carter-15/1 5-Workin Ona Mystery-Tim Tetrick-Brian Brown-4/1 6-Rockie Got Framed-Ricky Macomber Jr.-Jamie Macomber-20/1 7-American Mercury-Tyler Buter-Chris Oakes-12/1 8-Southwind Ozzi-Brian Sears-Bill Mac Kenzie-9/2 The race is named in honor of Carl Milstein, who owned Northfield Park from 1984 until his death in 1999. The Milstein family operated Northfield Park until July 2018 when MGM Growth Properties purchased the racetrack from Milstein Entertainment, LLC. In 1972, the senior Milstein, a Cleveland builder and real estate developer, headed a group of several partners, including George Steinbrenner, that purchased Northfield Park. They leased the facility to other operators through the early 1980s. The track lost significant amounts of money during that period before Milstein took full ownership and control. In late 1984 he successfully applied to the Ohio State Racing Commission for the necessary licenses and, beginning in January 1985, conducted permanent race meetings at Northfield of between 212 and 238 days every year. Milstein was the driving force behind a resurgence of the beleaguered track, which ascended to among harness racing's top tracks in attendance and handle. He was an innovator in promotions and advertising and successfully led the track into the era of simulcast racing. by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA  

Bettor's Wish has been named the 5-2 morning line favorite by Northfield Park's Executive Vice President of Racing and Simulcasting, Dave Bianconi, in Saturday's $400,000 Carl Milstein Memorial. The top money-earner headlines an accomplished field of eight in Northfield Park's premier event. The Milstein is a 3-year-old Open by invitation only. The featured event is slated as race 10 on a 16-race program this Saturday (August 10) and carries a 6PM first-race post time, with the main event slated for approximately 9:30PM. Bettor's Wish is the winner of this year's $300,000 Art Rooney Memorial at Yonkers. He has won five of eight races this year. His three losses have been runner-up finishes in the $750,000 North America Cup, $682,650 Meadowlands Pace and the $285,362 Cane Pace. The Chris Ryder trainee has banked $624,544 in purses this year and drew post-3. Bettor's Wish is owned by the partnership of Chris Ryder, Bella Racing, Fair Island Form and Bettors Wish Partners. They will use Dexter Dunn, who hails from New Zeeland and has been a driving force since coming to the United States. Century Farroh drew post-2 and is the 7-2 second choice. He ventures south of the border for the first time in his career on the heels of a 4-race win streak. This top Ontario Sires Stakes performer has won eight of nine races this year, and has earned $241,959 for owner Ratchford Stable of Nova Scotia. Trainer Dr. Ian Moore listed Harness Racing Hall of Famer David Miller to drive. Workin Ona Mystery drew post five and is the 4-1 third choice. He is fresh off a 1:51.1 (last quarter :25.3) qualifier ay Hoosier Park. He has not missed the board this year and has three wins in six races, including third place finishes in the North America Cup and Meadowlands Pace. Brian Brown trains this colt at the historic Fairgrounds in Delaware, Ohio for owners Diamond Creek Racing, Stambaugh Leeman Stable (Wauseon, Ohio), Alan Keith (Johnstown, Ohio) and Wingfield Brothers LLC (Kenton, Ohio). Workin Ona Mystery has $248,489 in earnings this year and will be driven by racing superstar Tim Tetrick. The 2019 $400,000 Carl Milstein Memorial field: Post Horse Driver Trainer M/L 1 Captain Victorious Yannick Gingras Ron Burke 8-1 2 Century Farroh David Miller Dr. Ian Moore 7-2 3 Bettor's Wish Chris Ryder Dexter Dunn 5-2 4 Yankee Boots Dan Noble Steve Carter 15-1 5 Workin Ona Mystery Tim Tetrick Brian Brown 4-1 6 Rockie Got Framed Ricky Macomber Jr. Jamie Macomber 20-1 7 American Mercury Tyler Buter Chris Oakes 12-1 8 Southwind Ozzi Brian Sears Bill Mac Kenzie 9-2 The race is named in honor of Carl Milstein, who owned Northfield Park from 1984 until his death in 1999. The Milstein family operated Northfield Park until July, 2018 when MGM Growth Properties purchased the racetrack from Milstein Entertainment, LLC. In 1972, the senior Milstein, a Cleveland builder and real estate developer, headed a group of several partners, including George Steinbrenner, which purchased Northfield Park. They leased the facility to other operators through the early 1980s. The track lost significant amounts of money during that period before Milstein took full ownership and control. In late 1984 he successfully applied to the Ohio State Racing Commission for the necessary licenses and, beginning in January 1985, conducted permanent race meetings at Northfield of between 212 and 238 days every year. Milstein was the driving force behind a resurgence of the beleaguered track, which ascended to among harness racing's top tracks in attendance and handle. He was an innovator in promotions and advertising and successfully led the track into the era of simulcast racing. Exciting Undercard This year's Milstein Memorial program carries total purses in excess of $750,000. The 16-race program includes the $50,000 Myron Charna President's Pace, a race for 4-year-old and up Ohio sired pacers (by invitation only), three $40,000 divisions of Ohio Sires Stakes for 3-year-old colt trotters, two $50,000 divisions of Ohio Sires Stakes for 3-year-old filly pacers, as well as two $15,000 Open events. A $20,000 Pick 4 guaranteed pool started in race seven and consists of a $40,000 OSS, the Charna, the Open Pace and the Milstein. Another Pick 4 begins in race 11 and offers a $10,000 guaranteed pool. In addition to superior racing action, Milstein Night will also offer guests a sumptuous spread in Lady Luck's clubhouse dining room. The dinner buffet, inspired by MGM Northfield Park Executive Chef Chris Poplin, is specially priced at $21.95. Limited clubhouse seating remains; call 330.467.4101 for reservations. Guests who want to be down close to all the racing action can gather on the grandstand apron and enjoy live music and food trucks from 6 to 9 PM. Register for the Charna/Milstein Handicapping Double Contest, play Plinko from 6:30 to 7:30PM and spin the Prize Wheel 8:30 to 9:30 PM. Admission and parking are always FREE at Northfield Park. by Ayres Ratliff, for Northfield Park

The harness racing 20¢ Northfield Single Six was taken down by a lone combination for a whopping $42,522.68 return on Saturday (July 27). The massive payoff was hit by a patron wagering through the Portland, Oregon hub and watching the action on the Flying Turns via simulcast. The Single Six wager premiered on October 13, 2018 and has become popular with punters chasing colossal returns. The unique combination Pick-6 offers a low 14% takeout rate and starts nightly in race nine. The 20¢ wager carries over 50% of its nightly pool until it is solved by a single combination. Saturday's payoff is evidence that the 20¢ wager is doing exactly what it was designed to do -- offer handicappers monstrous jackpots. Ayers Ratliff

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