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GUELPH, ON -- TheStable.ca, horse racing's fastest-growing fractional ownership stable, added another world-record to its harness racing portfolio. Three-year-old trotting gelding Yes clocked an all-time best time of 1:53.1 over Northfield Park's half-miler on June 29 in the $25,000 final of the Gin Blossom Series. Ryan Stahl steered the Manofmanymissions son to a six-length finish over stablemate Westfiftysecond, driven by Anthony MacDonald. Jason McGinnis trains both sophomores for TheStable.ca. Yes is a winner of five wins from 16 career starts and $133,000. He was purchased by TheStable.ca from the Ohio Select Sale as a yearling for $16,000 and is currently owned by 23 of the fractional ownership stable's 650 clients. The 1:53.1 world record replaces the mark of 1:53.3 set by Dennis in the 2008 edition of the Old Oaken Bucket at the Delaware, Ohio Fair. Northmedo Mission matched it 10 years later over Northfield Park. Kelly Spencer

Thirteen freshmen filly trotters will begin their legs of the Buckeye Stallion harness racing series on July 1 st .   The 3-year- old filly trotters will race their first leg at MGM Northfield Park in races 3 and 4.   Christopher Beavers trains two in race 3, Delaware Ave (Triumphant Caviar-A Moment Too Soon) and Bella Lugosi (Full Count-Action on George). He also trains Cs Sugar Babe (Southwind Spirit-MI Brown Sugar) in race 4. This will be Cs Sugar Babe’s second start. She won at the Putnam County Fair (Ottawa, OH) on June 26 th.   Desert Storm As (Stormin Normand-Savanah Dream), Fatimas Secret (Southwind Spirit-Stroke Me Strokeme), Overdue Mission (Manofmanymissions-Northern Lucy), Easy Victory (Uncle Peter-Broadway Victory) and Justdontforgetme (Dontyouforgetit- Just For Fun) will also make their first starts in Race 3.   Race 4 will see two second time starters besides Cs Sugar Babe, Embrace The Rust (Stormin Normand- Hooray For Mom) and Dream Change (Winning Fireworks-Economic Change). Dream Change won her first start at the Pickaway County Fair (Circleville, OH) on June 17 th .   In Race 4 Susiek (Climb Higher-Nickie K) and Kiss On Fire As (Lionhunter-Winds On Fire As) will make their first starts.   On July 2 nd Eldorado Scioto Downs will host the 2-year-old colt trotters. Jarmin Jimmys Gto (Dejarmbro- Timelesswinner Two), Banzai As (Lionhunter-Provide As) and Fireyoucantputout (Muscle Network-Maple Grove Smoky) will make their first career starts in this race.   Race 3 the first-time starters are Crazy Mission (Manofmanymissions-Venice Holiday), Holton (Dontyouforgetit-Mama’s Brokn Heart), Rockin Roy (Triumphant Caviar-Kick Em Up Kate) and Don’t Fire (Dontyouforgetit- Breath of Fire).   First time starters in Race 6 are Look In My Eyes (Lionhunter-Guilt Free), Somtimsthingshapen (Cash Hall-Charlize Hall), Uncle Donald (Uncle Peter-Donato’s Peach), Mj’slibertyvalance (Wishing Stone- Taveta) and Almighty Dollar (Cash Hall-Becca J).   Race 10 will see newbies Trottotown (Broadway Hall-It’s A Diamond), Gabby’s Wild Child (Triumphant Caviar-Gabby’s Creditcard), Klubot (Full Count-Callmepinkalicious), Mission to Mars (Manofmanymissions-Jesse’s Messenger) and Bold Strategy (Break The Bank K-CC Cupcake).   Timestorm (Stormin Normand-Tymal Sonata) in Race 4, Dontyousayit (Dontyouforgetit-Mystic Magician) in Race 6 and Herecomescharlie B (Full Count-Jetterbug) in Race 10 all have a win from Paulding County Fair (Paulding, OH) on June 10 th.   The Buckeye Stallion Series will provide two exciting nights of racing at both MGM Northfield Park and Eldorado Scioto Downs. Don’t miss watching the series kick off the summer for 2-year-old trotters!     By Regina Mayhugh

When harness racing trainer Ben Baillargeon discusses his trotter Musical Rhythm, it is easier for him to list the things the horse cannot do rather than all he can. "He doesn't talk," Baillargeon says with a laugh, "and that's about it." A playful 7-year-old stallion ("You give him a ball, he plays soccer with it; you put him in the field, he throws it and goes and gets it," Baillargeon says), Musical Rhythm's big personality is outsized only by his big heart. The horse nearly died last year as the result of complications from an infection, but after several months and multiple medical procedures at the Ontario Veterinary College at the University of Guelph, he recovered and was able to return to Baillargeon. Baillargeon, who is among the stallion's owners, was grateful to simply have Musical Rhythm home. He thought the horse might perform stud duty, but his racing days were in the past. Then one day, Baillargeon told his daughter Sara to put the harness on Musical Rhythm so he could walk him around the track. "As soon as we hit the track, he said: I'm home; this is where I live, on the track," Baillargeon said. "He's been on the track since. He's just a gritty horse. He loves to race. "We were just happy to get him back. It was a blessing. But he doesn't want to give up. It's unbelievable." On Saturday, Musical Rhythm will bring a six-race win streak to the $175,000 Cleveland Trotting Classic at Ohio's Northfield Park. For his career, the son of Cantab Hall-Musical Victory has won 36 of 89 races and $694,107. His victories include the 2016 Graduate Series championship, which he won from post 10 at The Meadowlands. Guardian Angel As, who brings his own three-race win streak to Northfield, is the 2-1 morning-line favorite in the Cleveland Trotting Classic, with Jason Bartlett driving for Anette Lorentzon. Musical Rhythm is 10-1 with Northfield Park regular Ronnie Wrenn Jr. in the sulky. "He's got everything you need in a horse," Baillargeon said about Musical Rhythm. "He's such a smart horse and he can do it any which way. He's got lots of gate speed and he's got guts. He's got lots of grit. Everyone that's come at him lately, he puts them away. "Ronnie knows the track there real good. He'll figure out what he wants to do. The horse will do what he wants to do, that's for sure. The horse will give a tremendous effort. He always does. Whatever happens, happens." Baillargeon bought Musical Rhythm as a 3-year-old for $33,000 at the Standardbred Mixed Sale. He owns the horse with Santo Vena, Nunzio Vena, and Claude Hamel. The group bred Musical Rhythm to a handful of mares this year, and three are in foal. Baillargeon expects Musical Rhythm to get more opportunities in the future, but for now is enjoying watching the stallion compete again. "He's on quite the roll right now," Baillargeon said about the horse who is known around the stable by the nickname Marty. "Everybody loves him. He's got a fan club and he's done a lot for us, my family and my partners. Marty is there for us. We can always count on him. We are lucky to have him." Racing begins at 6 p.m. (EDT) at Northfield Park. Following is the field for the $175,000 Cleveland Trotting Classic Invitational, which is race 12 on the card.   PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer-Morning Line 1-Guardian Angel As-Jason Bartlett-Anette Lorentzon-2/1 2-Weslynn Dancer-Dave Palone-Richard Banca-6/1 3-Emoticon Hanover-Jody Jamieson-Luc Blais-8/1 4-Pinkman-Brett Miller-Per Engblom-4/1 5-Marion Marauder-Scott Zeron-Paula Wellwood-7/2 6-Musical Rhythm-Ronnie Wrenn Jr.-Benoit Baillargeon-10/1 7-Dayson-Chris Page-Ron Burke-15/1 8-Plunge Blue Chip-Aaron Merriman-Ake Svanstedt-12/1   Ken Weingartner Media Relations Manager U.S. Trotting Association www.ustrotting.com

Northeast Ohio's premier harness racing trotting race, the Cleveland Trotting Classic, will go to post Saturday (June 29) at MGM Northfield Park. This will be the fifth edition of the Classic and it carries a purse of $175,000. The Grand Circuit event has again attracted the best veteran trotters in North America. It has been slated as the 12th event on a 16-race program. First race post time is 6 PM. Guardian Angel AS drew the rail and has been named the 2-1 morning line favorite by Northfield Park Executive Vice President of Racing and Simulcasting Dave Bianconi. The favored trotter tries to deny last year's winner, Marion Marauder's attempt at defending his title. Guardian Angel AS goes to the gate in Saturday's feature, putting his three-race win streak on the line. His trio of wins includes the $100,000 Maxie Lee Invitational at Harrah's Philadelphia. Trainer Annette Lorentzon calls upon Yonkers standout Jason Bartlett to drive. Marion Marauder, winner of the 2018 Cleveland Trotting Classic, drew post-5 and has been named the 7-2 second choice. The six year-old attempts to be a repeat a triumph in this event and looks to add to add to his $3.1 million bankroll for trainer Paula Wellwood. Marion Marauder, the 2016 Trotting Triple Crown champion, will be handled by Canadian superstar Scott Zeron. Local driving standouts Aaron Merriman and Ronnie Wrenn, Jr have both received assignments in this year's field. Wrenn, begins from post-6 with Canadian sensation Musical Rhythm, a winner of six consecutive races and almost $700,000 in earnings. Merriman drives Plunge Blue Chip from the 8-hole. This trotter has over $1 million in earnings and carries a 1:49.4 lifetime mark, the fastest in the race. The 2019 $175,000 Cleveland Trotting Classic field: Post    Horse                           Driver                         Trainer                                   M/L 1          Guardian Angel As    Jason Bartlett              Annette Lorentzon                 2-1  2          Weslynn Dancer          Dave Palone                Richard Banca                    6-1  3          Emoticon Hanover      Jody Jamieson             Luc Blais                             8-1  4          Pinkman                      Brett Miller                 Per Engblom                         4-1 5          Marion Marauder        Scott Zeron                 Paula Wellwood                   7-2 6          Musical Rhythm          Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.       Benoit Baillargeon               10-1 7          Dayson                        Chris Page                   Ron Burke                          15-1 8          Plunge Blue Chip        Aaron Merriman          Ake Svanstedt                      12-1 This year's Classic program undercard is highlighted by two $50,000 Ohio Sires Stakes divisions for sophomore pacing colts, three $25,000 late closer series finals, and two Open events. A $10,000 guaranteed Pick-4 pool begins in race 11. Three of the four races in the guaranteed Pick 4 are comprised of the Opens and the Trotting Classic. Beginning at 5 PM, the first 1,000 guests will receive a coupon good for one Northfield Park Ball Cap, one $2 Match Play and one FREE live program good any Friday evening through September 29. These coupons will be distributed until 9 PM or while supplies last to all guests 18 years of age or older, strictly limited to one per person. In addition to superior racing action, the night will also offer guests a buffet in Lady Luck's clubhouse dining room. The buffet is $19.95. Reservations are preferred and can be made by calling 330.467.4101. For those who want to be close to all of the racing action can stop by the grandstand apron for an array of free fanfare activities. Activities include Northeast Ohio's food trucks from 6 - 9 PM and live music by Time Trax on the outdoor apron from 6 - 9 PM. Guests can try their luck at Ball Toss 7 - 8 PM and the Northfield Park Putting Challenge from 8:30 - 9:30 PM where you can win cash and prizes. Admission and Parking are Always FREE at Northfield Park!   Ayers Ratliff

Northfield, OH -- A deep and accomplished harness racing field of the sport's best Open trotters have tentatively accepted invitations to MGM Northfield Park's premier trotting event, the $175,000 Cleveland Trotting Classic next Saturday (June 29). Marion Marauder, winner of the 2018 Cleveland Trotting Classic, is expected to defend his title for trainer Paula Wellwood. Marion Marauder, the 2016 Trotting Triple Crown champion and winner of over $3.1-million in purses, will likely face-off against 2015 Hambletonian champion Pinkman and his $2.8-million career bankroll next weekend at Northfield. Two-time Breeders Crown champion Emoticon Hanover, who sports a lifetime bankroll of over $1.5-million; Homicide Hunter, with a lifetime mark of 1:48.4, a Breeders Crown win and $1.7-million in earnings; and multiple stakes winner Plunge Blue Chip with her $1,000,000 bankroll, are also expected to head to Northeast Ohio. Guardian Angel AS, victorious in his last three starts, including the $100,000 Maxie Lee Invitational at Harrah's Philadelphia, is also pointed to Cleveland for trainer Annette Lorentzon. Weslynn Dancer, who has collected over $187,452 in purses this season, will head to Northfield off a place finish in the $192,000 Armbro Flight Final at Woodbine/Mohawk Park, outside Toronto. Also coming in from Canada is Musical Rhythm, who is riding a six-race winning streak against Open company at Woodbine/Mohawk Park. The draw for the $175,000 Cleveland Trotting Classic is set for Tuesday morning, June 25, entries for the invitation only event will not be finalized until then. First race post time is 6:00 on Cleveland Trotting Classic night. The undercard features multiple divisions of the Ohio Sires Stakes for three-year-old colt pacers and the Finals of Northfield's Spring Late Closers.   By Ayers Ratliff for MGM Northfield Park

Harness racing trainer Chris Beaver captured both of the two $50,000 Ohio Sires Stakes contests for 3-year-old trotting colts and geldings on a blustery and rainy Saturday night, June 15 at Northfield Park. Beaver harnessed 5-2 Never Say Uncle from post nine to take the first division in 1:56.1 with Brett Miller at the controls over a sloppy track. The bay son of Uncle Peter used come-from-behind tactics to notch his third lifetime victory, pushing his career earnings to $95,610. Never Say Uncle was a full 4½ lengths ahead of 9-1 rival Dylan The Great (Kurt Sugg) at the wire, while 14-1 Voyage To Paris (Kayne Kauffman) did well to be third. Owned by Chris Beaver, Johanna Beaver, Michael Carter, and Mary McLoughlin, the homebred Never Say Uncle now has three wins, two seconds and three thirds in 13 career starts. He is the first foal out of the Glidemaster mare Travelin Dream 3, 1:55.3f ($40,745) and was scratched from Leg One of this series at Miami Valley on May 5. In the second division 10-1 longshot Otsego took advantage of a perfect steer by Aaron Merriman to prevail by a neck over 8-5 Yes (Ryan Stahl) in a career best 1:55.3. The Dejarmbro gelding picked up his third lifetime win in ten starts, upping his bankroll to $58,918 for owners Chris Beaver, Martin Yoder, Steven Zeehandelar and Vip Internet Stable. Chris Page guided 9-1 Wittyville to show honors. Bred by Jonas Schlabach, Otsego was fifth to Wittyville in Leg One of this series. He is the first foal out of the Conway Hall mare You And Me Baby. by Kimberly Rinker, Ohio Standardbred Development Administrator    

Columbus, OH — The second leg of the 2019 Ohio Sires Stakes for harness racing sophomores continues this weekend with 3-year-old pacing fillies featured Friday night (June 14) at Scioto Down and 3-year-old trotting colts in the limelight at Northfield Park on Saturday night (June 15). Seventeen fillies battle in two $50,000 OSS divisions at Scioto (races three and six) with a first race post time of 6:30 p.m. Stallions represented by pacing fillies include four by Dragon Again, three by McArdle, two each by Pet Rock and Yankee Cruiser, and one each by Beachtrea, Big Bad John, Nob Hill High, Rockin Amadeus, The Panderosa and Yankee Cruiser. Conditioners Brian Brown and Ron Burke dominate these two divisions, with both trainers having a total of four fillies competing, two in each division. In the first OSS division (race three) Queen Of The Pride will be trying for her second OSS triumph of the season against seven foes. Last year’s champion and a winner of $442,479 lifetime simply devastated her competition for driver Tony Hall with a 1:51.4 victory in leg one. The McArdle lass, who is owned by Frank Chick and trained by Kevin Lare, left the gate and never looked back, drawing away from her five rivals in the final turn and sprinting to a 5-1/2 length win. Bred by Hickory Lane Farm’s Brad Wallace, Queen Of The Pride made an uncharacteristic break in the $109,234 Lismore final at Yonkers on May 25 after taking the $20,000 elimination on May 18 in 1:53.2. Hall drives from post three. Leg one winner Avaline Hanover heads up the second OSS division (race six) for driver Chris Page and trainer Ron Burke. The daughter of Dragon Again scored her first leg triumph handily in 1:52.1 on May 3 at Miami Valley, upping her seasonal earnings to $71,890. Owned by Burke, Larry Karr, J&T Silva-Purnell & Libby and Weaver Bruscemi, Avaline Hanover has amassed $84,930 lifetime from five wins, five seconds and a third in 13 career starts. She was bred by Hanover Shoe Farms. Page drives Avaline Hanover from post four against eight rivals. Eighteen diagonally gaited colts and geldings will line up behind the Northfield Park starting gate in a pair of $50,000 OSS contests Saturday (races four and eight) with a first race post time of 6 p.m. Ohio stallions represented by progeny in these two events include four each by Manofmanymissions and Uncle Peter; two each by Break The Bank K, Dejarmbro and Wishing Stone; and one each by Cash Hall, Dontyouforgetit, Ilooklikemymom and My MVP. Trainers dominating these two divisions are Ron Burke with three trotters and Chris Beaver and Jason McGinnis with two each competing. In the second $50,000 OSS division (race eight) leg one winners Wittyville and Lane Of Stone square off. Wittyville, a Manofmanymissions colt, was the 2-year-old championship winner in 2018, clocked in 1:57. Trained by Burke and owned by Burke Racing, Knox Services and Weaver Bruscemi, this homebred won his leg one OSS contest in 1:54.3 by nearly three lengths on May 5 at Miami Valley. From five starts this season he’s garnered three wins and $48,860, with $256,013 earned lifetime. Chris Page drives from post five. Lane Of Stone is conditioned by Mark Winters Sr., for owner/breeder Harry Horowitz. A winner of $189,893 lifetime, this Wishing Stone colt has eight wins and two seconds in 10 career starts and captured leg one in near wire-to-wire fashion in 1:53.1 by nearly four lengths. Jeff Nisonger will be in the sulky from post six in this nine-horse field. Leg one winner Patti’s Main Man heads up the first OSS division (race four) with Ronnie Wrenn Jr., driving for trainer/owner Mike Sowers from post three. The Manofmanymissions gelding captured that first OSS contest in 1:55.1 with Jeremy Smith at the lines. Bred by Midland Acres, Patti’s Main Man has career earnings of $93,815 from seven wins, two seconds and two thirds in 17 lifetime starts. That OSS victory was his lone triumph of the season in four tries. by Kimberly Rinker, Ohio Standardbred Development Fund Administrator

None Bettor A ($6.60), A harness racing newcomer from Down Under continues to take the U.S. by storm, winning the $200,000 Battle of Lake Erie in 1:49. The 1:49 clocking tied the all-age track record at Northfield Park. Saturday's victory marks the sixth straight sub-1:50 victory for the six year-old Bettor's Delight gelding. Bettor's Delight had a great racing career in North America and is the dominant sire in Australia. Joe Bongiorno drove None Bettor A for his sister Jennifer Bongiorno, who trains the pacer for co-owners and long-time Billings Amateur Drivers, Joe P Racing LLC (Joe Pennachio) of Florida and Steve Oldford of Michigan. None Bettor A started from post six and fired to the lead from the gate and remained in control the entire mile through fractions of :26.4, :55, 1:22 and 1:49, besting his closest rival by 1¼-lengths. "He (None Bettor A) feels good and does everything on his own," explained Joe Bongiorno. "He puts his head down and really has fun out there." None Bettor A (Bettor's Delight-Limerick Star-Christian Cullen) increased his career bankroll to $229,245 by taking home the lion's share of the healthy $200,000 purse. Completing the 2019 Battle field were Jimmy Freight. Southwind Amazon, The Wall, Filibuster Hanover, Bully Pulpit, Rodeo Rock and Always A Prince. Fans looking to follow the Aussie Phenom need to keep their ears open. "I'm not sure where we go from here. He is not staked at all," stated Joe Bongiorno. "Hopefully he continues to get invited to races like this one, and I'm not even sure how many of these Invites there are." Until they figure out their next move Joe will be happy with Saturday's Battle win. "We work very hard and this horse is giving us a shot that I feel we deserve," said Bongiorno. "This is going to be a special horse." Ayers Ratliff

Only Take Cash and Pure Chance both captured their respective $50,000 Ohio Sires Stakes divisions on a tepid Saturday night at Northfield Park. Set early in the 16-race card, the two OSS contests for 3-year-old trotting distaffs were the preamble events to the $200,000 Battle Of Lake Erie. Only Take Cash, last year's 2-year-old Ohio Sires Stake champion, took her division handily in wire-to-wire fashion as the 6-5 favorite in a 1:54.1 with Aaron Merriman at the lines, holding off 7-2 rival Aunt Rose (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) by half a length at the wire. Ryan Stahl guided 11-1 Wicked Sugar to a third-place finish. The daughter of Cash Hall is conditioned and co-owned by trainer Robert McIntosh and partners Dave Boyle and Mardon Stables, all of Ontario, Canada. She had finished third in the first leg of this series on May 3 at Miami Valley Raceway. Only Take Cash upped her career earnings to $328,140 lifetime and now has ten wins in 12 starts. The homebred is the fifth foal out of the Garland Lobell mare Armbro Affair 4, 1:53.4s ($430,997), with half-siblings in Tough Affair (by Muscle Mass) 4, 1:59.2f ($69,968); A Fair Conchnito (by In Conchnito) 4, 1:58.2 ($33,866). Pure Chance and driver Jason Thompson left nothing to chance as they captured the other OSS division with an easy, front-stepping 1:54.2 score. The daughter of Triumphant Caviar left the gate as the 7-1 choice and glided to a 3¾ length triumph for trainer Chris Beaver and co-owner Steven Zeehandelar. Princessofpink, who held up the race for several minutes after returning to the paddock for a shoe repair was a smart second for driver Tony Hall at 9-2 odds, while another Beaver trainee, 8-1 Back Splash, was third for Ronnie Wrenn, Jr. Pure Chance & Jason Thompson Photo by Jeff Zamaiko Pure Chance, who was bred by Jonas Schabach of Ohio, now has $134,745 in her career bankroll, and has earned $37,500 in OSS competition thus far this season. She is out of the Credit Winner mare Jewell Creek and is a full sister to OSS winner Sesame 3, 1:55.1f ($245,227) and Jewels N caviar 4, 1:59h ($31,392) and has a half-sibling in Explosive Ripple (by Explosive Matter) 4, 1:58f ($88,287). Ohio Sires Stakes, Leg Two action continues June 14 at Scioto Downs for 3-year-old pacing fillies (Leg Two) and June 15 at Northfield Park for 3-year-old trotting colts. Leg Three for sophomore trotting fillies is slated to commence July 26 at Scioto Downs. Kimberly Rinker  

Elkton, MD -- Post Time with Mike and Mike presented by the USTA/BetAmerica, is excited to announce the line-up for Thursday morning (May 30) at 10:30 a.m. They will be joined by Dave Bianconi, Brian Loney, Mark McKelvie, and Jim Miller.. Bianconi, the Director of Racing at Northfield Park, joins to talk about Saturday's $200,000 Battle of Lake Erie. He will discuss what it takes to put together a prestigious Invitational and who he feels the contenders are in the race. Saturday night's harness racing program also features Ohio Sire Stakes action. Loney, trainer of Bully Pulpit, will discuss his Open pacer and how he feels he will handle the step up to the Grand Circuit Stage. Bully Pulpit, who comes off a win against the Open pacers at Northfield has put in some impressive miles and looks to continue that progression to the main stage. The pair will also discuss with Loney his career in the business and how he became involved in the sport. McKelvie, Director of Communications at Woodbine Mohawk Park, helps the pair get ready for the 2019 Pepsi North America Cup next Saturday, June 15. The trio will discuss the contenders, what fans can expect during the evening, and some great wagering opportunities that will be available. Expanded gaming appears to be coming to Illinois racetracks and Jim Miller will join to discuss the legislation that is head for the Governor's office which could help promote the sport in the state for years to come. Post Time with Mike and Mike presented by USTA/BetAmerica can be heard live every Thursday at 10:30 a.m. via their website www.posttimewithmikeandmike.com or on the archive at www.betamerica.com/BARN.   Michael Carter Social Media and Publicity Coordinator U.S. Trotting Association

Both of Northfield Park’s local pacing stars have accepted their harness racing invitations to Saturday’s $200,000 Battle of Lake Erie.   Dave Bianconi, the track’s Executive Vice President of Racing and Simulcasting, has assigned Bully Pulpit and Southwind Amazon 12-1 and 15-1 morning-line odds.  His customary assignments to them are outside posts in Northfield’s weekly Open Pace. “It is unusual to have two local horses in the Battle, but both of these appear to have the ability to compete on the big stage, explained Bianconi.  “This year’s race is totally wide open.  The local horses just add two more pieces to a very interesting puzzle.” Bully Pulpit is conditioned by Northfield Park leading trainer Brian Loney and owner Brad Schwartz of Chicago, a Cleveland native.  Saturday will mark the first time Loney will harness one of his trainees for a Grand Circuit event, but he feels good about his chances. “The way I see his (Bully Pulpit’s) competition is that I’m not in against them, they are in against me,” said Loney. Bully Pulpit goes to post off a three-race win streak in Northfield’s Open Pace, one of those wins being a 1:49.4 victory from post-8.  That 1:49.4 effort is the fastest clocking on any half-mile track in North America this year.  North America’s leading driver, Aaron Merriman, will guide the six-year-old from the two-hole. Southwind Amazon drew post-5 for trainer Paul Holzman.  The nine-year-old is trained at Sahbra Farms about 15 miles from Northfield, and was North America’s winningest horse in 2018 with 22 victories from 38 races, usually from an assigned outside post.  His regular pilot, Ronnie Wrenn, Jr., will drive. “This is a quality field of horses and I wish a had a little better draw than the five-hole,” stated Holzman.  “My horse is very sharp right now and with some racing luck anything can happen.  If Southwind Amazon wins, I don’t know if I would be surprised, but I would sure be ecstatic.” The two local stars will face a stiff onslaught from invaders.  Rodeo Rock drew the rail and has been named the 3-1 slight morning-line favorite.  He was the runner-up in this year’s $664,000 Levy Final at Yonkers Raceway in April and enters this race off another runner-up finish in a $100,000 Invitational at Harrah’s Philadelphia.  The Robert Cleary trainee has four wins in nine races this year and seasonal earnings of $289,400.  Eric Goodell has been listed to drive.  Rodeo Rock has never raced at Northfield, but is owned locally by Royal Wire Products of North Royalton.    Indiana sired superstar Always A Prince enters this event with 20 victories in 26 lifetime starts.  The four-year-old won 19 of 22 races last year and has not missed the board so far in four starts this season.  He has been given a 7-2 morning line.  Always A Prince has a career bankroll of $515,855 and sports a 1:48.1 (HoP 7/8) lifetime mark, the fastest in this year’s field.  Trainer Tyler George brings Trace Tetrick to drive.     Ontario-based speedster Jimmy Freight drew post-7 and is the 4-1 third choice.  He was second in last year’s $400,000 Carl Milstein Memorial in his only other race at Northfield.  Jimmy Freight has finished in the top three in 35 of 37 career races, taking a 1:48.3 (Wbsb 7/8) lifetime mark and earning $950,448.  Trainer Andrew Harris tabs Yonkers standout Jason Bartlett to drive.      The 2019 $200,000 Battle of Lake Erie field – Race 12 – 10:15PM approx. post time:   Post     Horse                          Driver                         Trainer                       Morning Line Odds 1          Rodeo Rock                Eric Goodell               Robert Cleary              3-1  2          Bully Pulpit                 Aaron Merriman          Brian Loney                12-1 3          The Wall                     Brett Miller                  Nick Surick                 9-2 4          Always A Prince         Trace Tetrick               Tyler George               7-2 5          Southwind Amazon    Ronnie Wrenn Jr         Paul Holzman             15-1 6          None Bettor A            Joe Bongiorno             Jennifer Bongiorno     6-1 7          Jimmy Freight             Jason Bartlett              Andrew Harris            4-1 8          Filibuster Hanover      Chris Page                   Ron Burke                   10-1   A $10,000 guaranteed Pick 4 has been added to the eleventh race.  The Battle feature will be the second leg of this wager, which offers a low 14% takeout rate.  Since its inception in 1986, the Battle of Lake Erie has drawn the sport’s best veteran pacers. Past Battle champions include racing greats Falcon Seelster, Quite A Sensation, Jaguar Spur, Dorunrun Bluegrass, Cambest, Gallo Blue Chip, Maltese Artist and Foiled Again. In addition to superior racing action, Battle night will also offer guests a buffet in Lady Luck’s clubhouse dining room from 5:30 – 8:30 PM. The buffet is $19.95. Reservations are preferred and can be made by calling 330.467.4101. Guests who want to be down close to all the racing action can stop by the grandstand apron to visit Barrio, Pasta Tivo, Smash Time, Super Hero food trucks and Crooked Kettle Popcorn.  Live music by Unknown Reason will be part of the apron scene from 6 – 9 PM.  Battle night attendees can win cash, gift cards and more through prize drawings until 8 PM and play Pop-A-Shot from 8 – 9 PM.  First race post time is 6 PM.  Admission and parking are always FREE!   Ayers Ratliff

Northfield Park is announcing the addition of a $12,500 Pick-3 and $40,000 Pick-4 total pool guarantee to it’s card on Wednesday (May 29) Beginning in Race 5, the $12,500 Pick-3 guaranteed total pool, includes a carryover of $3,129.06. The Pick-4, beginning in Race 7, will feature a $40,000 Pick-4 guaranteed total pool, which includes a carryover $12,734.19. Northfield’s Pick-5, Pick-4’s, Pick-3’s, and Super High-5 offer a reduced takeout of just 14 percent. The Northfield Single Six went without a single winner on Tuesday (May 28) night, it will have a carryover of $9,272.84.  The wager begins in Race 9. Wednesday’s post time is 6:00 p.m.   by Ayers Ratliff for Northfield Park

Northfield Park is announcing the addition of a $10,000 Pick-5 total pool guarantee on Tuesday (May 28). Beginning in race two, the $10,000 Pick-5 guaranteed total pool includes a carryover of $3,229. 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 percent. Tuesday's post time is 6 p.m.   Ayers Ratliff

Northfield Park's Pick 5 offers an exciting $80,000 total pool guarantee on Wednesday (May 22). Beginning in race two, the $80,000 Pick-5 guaranteed total pool includes a large $23,617 carryover. This wager is being offered as part of the Strategic Wagering Program through the United States Trotting Association. The 20¢ Northfield Single Six begins in the ninth race with a $2,908 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 percent. Wednesday's post time is 6 PM.   Ayers Ratliff

Northfield Park is the place to be this Saturday (May 18) for this year’s running of the Preakness Stakes live from Pimlico Racecourse.    Doors open early at 9:30 AM and first post at Pimlico is set for 10:30 AM.  Early bird wagering on the Preakness will be available Saturday morning, along with simulcasting action both day and night from over 40 tracks across the U.S., Canada and Australia.   There is still time to reserve your private seating carrel and television for your viewing pleasure. Carrel seats are currently on sale at the grandstand center program stand. If you arrive early on Preakness Day, join us for a special morning snack of a donut and coffee.  The $1.00 special begins at 9:30 AM and will be served while supplies last.    Be sure to join Bob “Railbird” Roberts and our track announcer Ayers Ratliff for a FREE Pimlico handicapping seminar which begins at 11:00 AM.     There is a FREE $2,000 Pimlico Handicapping Contest beginning with race four with a top prize of $1,000 cash!  Northfield Park will also offer prize drawings throughout the day.  Just fill out the entry blank you receive when upon entering and deposit it in the contest bin located in the center of the grandstand.    Winners will be drawn randomly throughout the day.  Thousands of dollars in cash and prizes will be given away including a grand prize of $2,500 cash!      Visit Northeast Ohio’s finest food trucks outside on the trackside apron to satisfy your hunger.  The trucks 216 Bistro, Barrio, Crooked Kettle Popcorn, Smash Time, Super Hero Food Truck and The Bus Stop will be on-site from 2 - 7 PM offering delicious gourmet food items while you listen to live music by The Benjaminz (3 – 5 PM) and Unknown Reason (6 - 10 PM).   After the Preakness, stick around for a night of live racing with a first race post time of 6 PM while enjoying the great view and buffet from our Lady Luck’s Clubhouse Restaurant.  The buffet price is $19.95. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 330-467-4101.   Free admission and FREE parking every day at Northfield Park.     Ayers Ratliff

Northfield Park is announcing the addition of a $35,000 Pick-4 total pool guarantee on Saturday (May 18). Beginning in race seven, the $35,000 Pick-4 guaranteed total pool includes a carryover of $11,796. This wager is being offered as part of the Strategic Wagering Program through the United States Trotting Association. The evening's ninth race begins the 20¢ Northfield Single Six which offers a $2,825 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 percent. Saturday's post time is 6 p.m.   Ayers Ratliff

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