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Thirty-six freshman pacers will wage war in Ohio Sires Stakes contests on Monday evening, Aug. 27 at Northfield Park. A total of 14 fillies will battle in two $50,000 divisions, while 22 colts spar in three $40,000 divisions. First race post time is 6 pm, ET. Ohio-registered stallions represented in these five events include the ill-fated Dragon Again, with eight youngsters (two fillies and six colts); three fillies and three colts from Ohio sire Pet Rock; four freshmen colts by Western Vintage; and four youngsters from McArdle (two fillies and two colts). The stallion Yankee Cruiser has two fillies and one colt competing, while Big Bad John is represented by two colts and one filly. Nob Hill High and Rockin Amadeus each have one colt and one filly racing, while Allamerican Native, Believeinbruiser, Palone Ranger and The Panderosa are represented by one youngster each. The Buckeye State's pacing maestro Brian Brown sends out five 2-year-old pacing fillies, including Final Offer, a Rockin Amadeus lass who won OSS leg three in 1:55.2. She has $36,300 in earnings for owners Country Club Acres, Aws Stables and Joe Sbrocco. Ronnie Wrenn, Jr., drives from post six in the first division (race three). Brown will also cinch the girth on Mi Nina Bonita, a Yankee Cruiser filly in this same division, for R. D. Siegelman, R.I. Horowitz and J. P. Vasquez. A winner of $20,000 to date, Mi Nina Bonita will be trying for her first career victory with Trace Tetrick at the lines from the rail. Be Not Nobody, another Brown trainee, leaves from the three-hole in this same division with Chris Page in the sulky. This brown daughter by McArdle has amassed $15,300 thus far for D. Robinson, R. Mondillo, RBH Ventures and Joe Sbrocco and is looking to break her maiden in here as well. Carmen Ohio and High Reward are Brown's contestants in the second OSS filly division (race five). The former starts from post six with Ryan Stahl aboard, while the latter will leave from post seven with Ronnie Wrenn, Jr. at the helm. Owned by Country Club Acres, Joe Sbrocco and L&H Management Services, High Reward won OSS leg three in 1:53.1. This Yankee Cruiser filly sports a hefty bankroll of $55,075 for her connections. Carmen Ohio, a daughter by The Panderosa, is owned by breeder Milton Leeman, S. Manning, B. Meizlish and W. Calvert. She won her first OSS leg in 1:55.2 and was a snappy second in both legs two and three. She has $47,500 in her coffers from two wins and two seconds in five lifetime starts. Rylee Roo, a Pet Rock lass conditioned by Steve Carter for breeder/owner Steven Price, looks like the one to beat in this second OSS filly contest (race five). She was second to High Reward in OSS leg three and won leg two at Northfield Park in 1:53.3. She's amassed $49,375 thus far in just four lifetime starts and gets Aaron Merriman in the sulky from post three. Sugar And Spite won OSS leg two in 1:55.2 at Northfield Park and was third in OSS legs one and three for owner Tom Lehmann. This Pet Rock lass, who is trained by Mary Birkhold, has $38,852 in earnings from two wins and three thirds in six starts. Tyler Smith guides the filly from the five-hole. Brian Brown also sends out seven youngsters in the colt divisions, including the undefeated speedster High On Paydaze. Chris Page will steer the favorite from the rail in the second OSS division (race six). This homebred son of Nob Hill High has swept all three $40,000 OSS legs to date, as well as a $36,800 Ohio Fair Stake on July 28 at Scioto Downs. He took his lifetime mark of 1:53.1 en route to his OSS leg one triumph on July 4 at Scioto for owners Scott Hagemeyer, R. Mondillo and D. Robinson, and has $78,400 in his career bank account. Rose Run Ulysses, the gorgeous chestnut son of Western Vintage, conditioned by Kim Dailey, will try to stop High On Paydaze's quest for a fourth OSS triumph. Owned by Dailey in partnership with Carl and Melanie Atley, Rose Run Ulysses won OSS leg one in 1:52.2 and leg two in 1:54.4 before finishing third in leg three. He also captured a $36,800 Ohio Fair Stake at Scioto on July 28, in 1:53.4. The winner of $63,200 starts from post three with Trace Tetrick in the bike. Authentic Hanover is another in this same competitive division with a solid shot at victory. Owned by Hutchinson Harness, M.J. Thompson and trainer Dustin Arledge, this Western Vintage colt won OSS legs one (in 1:53.3) and two (in 1:53.4). He has $47,944 in his bankroll with three wins in five starts and gets Tyler Smith, leaving from post five. Leg one winner Gold Digger King starts from post two with Kayne Kauffman in the sulky. This Pet Rock gelding scored that victory in 1:52.4, then was second and fourth respectively in OSS legs two and three for trainer Scott Mogan. This homebred winner of $42,400 is owned by Linda Van Camp. Dislocator, a son of Big Bad John conditioned by Brown, won OSS leg three in 1:53.3. Owned by J. Ridder, S. Davis, S. Sopronyi and VIP Stable, Dislocator was third in leg one and second in leg two to Authentic Hanover. The winner of $26,640 lifetime starts from post two with Chris page at the lines in the first OSS colt division (race four). Stablemate Rock Candy hails from post four in this same race for driver Ronnie Wrenn, Jr. This Pet Rock colt has finished in the bridesmaid's role in all three of his OSS legs, but has earned $48,400 thus far for owners Country Club Acres, Joe Sbrocco and Richard Lombardo. Doo Wop West heads up the final OSS colt division (race nine) with Aaron Merriman driving from post two for trainer Dirk Simpson and owner Lawrence Crawford. This Western Vintage gelding won OSS leg three in 1:53.2 at Scioto Downs on Aug. 10, using a :27.3 late brush to nail down his second lifetime victory. He has $24,224 earned from two wins in four career starts. Horses in the Ohio Sires Stakes garner points earned via their finish in their respective divisions, with the top nine deemed eligible to the $275,000 Championships on Sept. 8 at Scioto Downs. Going into the fourth leg of this series, here are the top point earners in the colt division: High On Paydaze (153); Rose Run Ulysses (115); Authentic Hanover (103); See You In Tuscany (103); Dislocator (90); Gold Digger King (85); Rock Candy (78); Black Smile (58); and Doo Wop West (51). The top 2-year-old fillies in their division are as follows: Queen Of The Pride (103); Carmen Ohio (103); High Reward (86); Rylee Roo (78); Twinsburg (78) Sugar And Spite (77); Final Offer (61); Lofty Beach (53); and Mi Nina Bonita (53). Ohio Sires Stakes action continues Tuesday afternoon at Scioto Downs, with six divisions for freshman trotting colts and fillies. First race post time is 2 pm, ET. by Kimberly Rinker, OSDF Administrator

Northfield, OH --- Robert Key’s homebred Looking For Zelda trotted confidently to establish a new Northfield Park track record of 1:54 for a 3-year-old trotting filly on Monday night (Aug. 20) in the first of two $50,000 Ohio Sires Stakes. The daughter of Break The Bank K—My Winning Ways—Conway Hall left the gate confidently for driver Tony Hall and quickly established command, striding diagonally through fractions of :27.3, :56.1 and 1:25, before posting a :29 final brush to score her fourth victory of the year in eight starts, and her second in the four-leg OSS series. The new track record time of 1:54 replaced the former record co-held by Sturdy Lori (2002) and Gabbysloosechange (2017).Looking For Zelda, who left the gate at odds of 3-1, finished 2-1/2 lengths in front of 11-1 Risky Deal (Don Irvine, Jr.), with 35-1 Count On Rosey (Kurt Sugg) grabbing third place honors. Looking For Zelda now has $104,019 in seasonal earnings, $60,000 of which have been earned in the OSS series to date. Lifetime, she’s amassed $332,694 from 11 wins, two seconds and two thirds in 19 career starts. She finished third and fourth respectively in the first two OSS legs, then won leg three in 1:54.1 at Scioto Downs. The second $50,000 OSS division went to the Brent Davis-trained Spunky Bottom Girl in 1:54.2. This daughter of My MVP—Princess Addie—Classic Photo is a homebred owned by Illinoian Ed Teefy. After leaving handily from the gate at 7-2 odds, Spunky Bottom Girl wrestled the lead away from the hard-trying 4-5 favorite, Sesame (Aaron Merriman) going to the :28.2 first quarter. Sitting comfortably on the front end for driver Tyler Smith, Spunky Bottom Girl then took the field of seven to a :57.3 half and a 1:25.3 three-quarter clocking, before trotting home in :28.4 to finish a neck ahead of Sesame at the wire. Impinktoo, the 3-1 choice, was third for Kayne Kauffman. Spunky Bottom Girl had finished sixth in leg one before winning leg two in 1:55.4, and was sixth again in leg three. She now has $50,000 earned in this series and $75,458 in seasonal earnings. Her lifetime bankroll stands at $93,683 from five wins, five seconds and one third in 23 career starts. The first four legs of the OSS for sophomore trotting distaffs is now complete. The top nine fillies who are eligible to the $275,000 Championship on Sept. 8 at Scioto Downs are as follows, with their points listed in parenthesis: Non Smoker (153); Looking For Zelda (124); Spunky Bottom Girl (104); Impinktoo (91); Red Storm (79); California Love (74); Sesame (71); Risky Deal (54); and Count On Rosey (31). by Kimberly Rinker, OSDF Administrator

Windsong Leo paced home for his seventh straight win Monday (August 20) in Northfield Park's eighth race, the $19,000 Open Pace. The six year-old gelding is owned by Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and Phillip Collura. He is trained by Ron Burke. Chris Page was aboard for the winning drive. Windsong Leo started from post eight. He sat back and let his rivals post sizzling fractions of :26.1, :53.4 and 1:22.3. Page moved Windsong Leo on the backstretch, and prevailing by a nose in a stretch duel, stopping the timer at 1:51.1. Monday's triumph increased Windson Leo's (Jereme's Jet-Goldie-Jenna's Beach Boy) lifetime earnings to $334,250. He returned $15.00 to win. The impressive seven consecutive victories started in New York at Yonkers Raceway, posting wins on June 9, June 17 and June 30. Windsong Leo then scored on July 14 and July 23 at The Meadows before his August 6 and August 20 triumphs at Northfield Park. by Ayers Ratliff, for Northfield Park

Fourteen 3-year-old trotting fillies will line up behind the Northfield Park starting gate in a pair of $50,000 Ohio Sires Stakes contests on Monday night, Aug. 20. The two OSS events are carded as races three and four, with a first race post time of 6 pm, ET. The leading point earner in this series, Non Smoker, with 153 points, has opted to sit out this final leg after having captured the first three OSS contests in 1:54, 1:56.2 and 1:55.1 respectively. Impinktoo, the second highest point earner with 78, has finished second in the first three legs and looks like the one to beat in the second OSS division (race four). This Manofmanymissions filly is conditioned by Ronnie Burke for Billy Walters, Joe McLead and Rtk Racing and has amassed $37,500 in OSS monies thus far. Lifetime, she's earned $231,765, with $64,725 in her seasonal coffers. She'll leave from post five with Kayne Kauffman in the sulky. Looking For Zelda and California Love are tied for third in this division, with each having a 73-point total after the first three legs, and each having earned $35,000 in OSS monies. Looking For Zelda won leg three in a spiffy 1:54.1 at Scioto Downs, while California Love won leg two in 1:56.2 at Northfield Park. Looking For Zelda is a homebred daughter by Break The Bank K owned by Robert Key and trained by Norm Parker, with $307,694 in her career bankroll. California Love is Chris Beaver-trained, Stormin Normand lass bred by co-owner Marion Beachy and owned in partnership with Beaver, Steve Zeehandelar and Moger-Delia Racing. She has $134,827 earned this far in her career. Looking For Zelda starts from post six with Tony Hall in the bike, while California Love get the services of Ronnie Wrenn, Jr., from post two in the first OSS test (race three). Beaver will also harness Red Storm in this same division for breeder/owner Sandra Burnett. This chestnut daughter by Stormin Normand has $33,000 earned in OSS competition and a mark of 1:55.4 taken in her first leg triumph. Red Storm has drawn the seven-hole for driver Aaron Merriman. Spunky Bottom Girl, who won leg two in 1:55.4, has OSS earnings of $25,000 for breeder/owner Ed Teefey. This My MVP lass has earned $68,683 lifetime for her Mount Sterling, IL owner and will leave from post four in the second OSS division for driver Tyler Smith. by Kimberly Rinker, OSDF Administrator

  Harness Tracks of America and International Sound Corporation are pleased to announce the four recipients of this year’s Harold Snyder Memorial Scholarships. The awards, totaling $15,000, are presented annually to the offspring of harness racing participants or to individuals themselves who are actively engaged in the business. “We want to thank the 19 candidates who submitted their credentials, transcripts and reference letters,” said David Snyder, CEO of ISC, headquartered in Pikesville, MD. “The application process, which includes answering three essay questions, is quite rigorous, and our judges’ panel was impressed with the efforts put forth by these outstanding students.” Winners of 2018-19 Academic Year Awards SARAH BIRKHOLD, 24, Sarasota, FL, $5000. The second-year grad student at Lincoln Memorial University College of Veterinary Medicine in Harrogate, TN secured her third consecutive top prize award from HTA’s six-person selection committee. She ranked 18th out of 122 in her first-year class with a 3.94 GPA. Tuition, room and board, books and lab supplies exceed $57,000 at the highly competitive school. Sarah plans to practice in the field of equine lameness and rehabilitation and has remained actively involved in harness racing.  She interned at Scioto Downs last summer with Dr. Barry Carter (Firethorn Equine Services, Lancaster, OH) and at the county fair in Greenville, OH with Dr. Chris Gilbert (Darke County Veterinary Services). This summer she joined her father George, an owner-breeder, and her Aunt Mary, an owner, trainer and amateur driver, to watch their three and four-year-old horses compete at Hilliard and other tracks in Ohio. While at home she also has shadowed Dr. William McGinty, a partner in Sarasota Equine Associates, who specializes in infectious diseases, preventative medicine and the diagnosis and treatment of lame horses. Upon graduation, Sarah’s goal is to obtain the certifications she desires and join her mentors in working at Saratoga Equine. SYDNEY ELIZABETH TROTTO, 18, Springfield, VA, $5000. Ms. Trotto, a 4.3 GPA honors graduate of West Springfield High in Fairfax County, will be a nursing major this fall at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA. She is the daughter of veteran trainer and Virginia Harness Horsemen’s Association Vice-President Greg Trotto and his wife Debra, a teacher who met Greg at her first job as an employee of Rosecroft Raceway’s marketing department. Sydney amassed a solid academic record in largely AP and Honors coursework. She was a district and regional MVP in varsity volleyball (second team all-state), leader in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, member of the American Sign Language Club and its honor society, inductee into the National Honor Society and a yearbook editor. In a letter brimming with praise, her Honors US History teacher included such references as “how seldom it is [to have] a student the caliber of Sydney…a serious learner...wrote one of the finest document-based question essays I have ever read [demonstrating] hard work and intellectual ability…kind and considerate…doesn’t complain…congenial…comfortable in her own skin, and has a quiet confidence that is unusual for a student her age.” JESSICA HALLETT, 19, Margate, FL, $2500.  Jessica is a two-time recipient of the Snyder Scholarship, having been awarded a $1000 grant before she entered Ft. Lauderdale’s Nova Southeastern University last fall. Daughter of John and Michelle of the Hallett Racing Stable, Jessica has continued to be heavily involved with harness racing on weekends and during summers. She is renowned for her energy and work ethic. She paints statues, lawn jockeys and race bikes; writes regularly for Harness Link; grooms and paddocks for the Hallett, Hennessey and McNichol Stables in Florida and New York; and has accumulated certifications in First Aid, CPR and AED. (Lifeguarding is next on her to-do list during the fall or spring semester.) Jessica earned 34 credits and a 3.5 GPA her freshman year at NSU. She is pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree with a double major in Biology and Behavioral Neuroscience. A participant in numerous extracurricular activities, Jessica was selected for the President’s 64, an elite group of student leaders who serve the NSU President and CEO in advisory and public relations capacities. KATELYNN EICK, 18, Farmingdale, NJ, $2500. Another academic superstar, Katie compiled a cumulative GPA of 5.0, graduating near the top of her Howell High School class in the Freehold Regional District. Except for two B+’s in her junior year AP US History and AP Calculus classes, there was nary a sub-A grade in her AP and Honors-laden transcript. She excelled in field hockey all four years, serving as captain and winning the Rebel Pride Award in 2017. Katie was also a member of Student Council for four years and earned induction into National Honor Society. She worked eight hours a week throughout high school as a farmhand at a horse farm. Since 2013 she has been a participant and volunteer at the Harness Horse Youth Foundation summer camps, rising to a teacher in that organization’s Leadership Program. Bob Heyden, a fellow HHYF volunteer and a 2013 inductee into the Harness Racing Hall of Fame Communicator’s Corner, penned an effusive letter of recommendation, describing Katie as “knowledgeable, cooperative, reliable, attentive, sharing…[she] was special right from the start.” Katelynn is enrolled this fall at Rutgers University’s Bachelor of Science degree program, majoring in Animal Science with a focus on equine science. She is the daughter of Floyd Eick, an electrician, and Jennifer Eick, a homemaker. Harness Tracks of America and International Sound Corporation have made 224 grants to 152 students since the scholarship fund’s inception in 1973. A total of $840,950 has been awarded. The program remains one of the cherished legacies of deceased double Hall of Famer Stan Bergstein, the longtime Executive Vice President of HTA, and International Sound founder Harold Snyder, who died in 2015. HTA Scholarship Committee members Tom Aldrich (Northfield Park), Charles Lockhart (Dover Downs), Chris McErlean (Penn Gaming), Rick Moore (Hoosier Park) and Jason Settlemoir (The Meadowlands) are deeply grateful for the financial support of ISC CEO David Snyder and his family.  Their generous endowments continue to enrich the sport and touch the lives of harness racing families.   From Harness Tracks of America  

The three winners of Saturday night's (Aug. 11) Ohio Sires Stakes divisions for 3-year-old pacing fillies were each clocked in 1:52.4 or faster on a beautiful evening under mild skies. In the first $40,000 division, even-money favorite Baron Remy, a Ron Burke-trainee, paced to a winning 1:52 clocking with Chris Page at the lines. This Yankee Cruiser lass was second in legs one and three of the series for owners Burke Racing, Silva, Purnell& Libby, L Karr and Weaver Bruscemi. Sweetnfamous (Matt Kakaley) was second at 11-1 odds, while 60-1 longshot Tipp City (Sandy Beatty) was third. Baron Remy now has $191,934 in career earnings from five wins in 18 starts. She was bred by the Baron Racing Stable and is a half-sister to Gerard N Mo (by Rock N Roll Heaven) p, 4, 1:51.1f ($98,585). Matt Kakaley steered the Steve Carter owned & trained Velocity McSweets to a 1:52.4 clocking in the second OSS division. This McArdle filly, out of the Western Hanover mare Playful Sweetheart, left the gate at 3-2 odds and enjoyed a front-stepping journey to win her eighth win of the year in 18 starts. Pure Paradise, the 7-2 choice, was second by a head for Chris Page, while 7-5 Bad Girls Rule (David Miller) was third. Velocity McSweets now has $67,440 in career earnings and is a half-sister to Velocity Headlight (by I Am A Fool) p, 5, 1:52s ($100,465). Lily Grace, a 9-1 mild longshot, put in one of the most gutsy performances of the evening, leading from gate to wire for Joey Putnam, and holding off the hard-trying 1-1 favorite Up Front Flor Ida (Kayne Kauffman) by a head in the third OSS division. The daughter of Shark Gesture was timed in 1:52.3 for the one mile test. Princess Rougarou (Matt Kakaley) picked up show honors at 11-1 odds. Lily Grace is trained and co-owned by Dan O'Mara for Dawne Luce and breeder Teresa Maddox. She has amassed $79,520 earned lifetime and is the first foal out of the Whatanartist mare Chappy's Cali p, 2, 2:08.1 ($7,097). by Kimberly Rinker, OSDF Administrator

A trio of $40,000 Ohio Sires Stakes will be contested Saturday night, Aug. 11 at Northfield Park, in the final round of the four-leg series for 3-year-old pacing fillies. The winners of these three divisions will likely define the field for the $275,000 Championship, set for Saturday, Sept. 8 at Scioto Downs. The nine fillies with the highest number of points are eligible to enter the Championship, however entry is not automatic, and a horse must be entered into the Championship to be named a starter. Currently, Smiley Dragon sits atop the OSS standings, with 115 points and $44,480 earned from one third and two victories in the first three legs. McPansy sits a close second with 108 points and $42,000 in OSS money from two wins and a fifth. Bad Girls Rule and Prsntpretynperfect are tied for third with 103 points each, with leg one winner Up Front Flor Ida next with 70 points, followed by leg one winner Pet Walker (64 points); Baron Remy (52 points); leg three winner Kay Again (51 points) and Believe In Waco (40 points). Fillies eligible to the Ohio Sires Stakes must be sired by a stallion standing in the state of Ohio and registered with the Ohio State Racing Commission (OSRC) during the year of conception. Farm owners, breeders and racehorse investors plunk down thousands of dollars annually in the Buckeye State to breed, raise and purchase Ohio-breds for a shot to race in the rich Ohio Sires Stakes program. Ohio-based stallions with progeny represented in this trio of OSS contests on Saturday night include Dragon Again and McArdle (four fillies each); Yankee Cruiser (three fillies); Big Bad John, Pet Rock and Woodstock (2 fillies each); and Art Official, Believeinbruiser, Manhardt, Shark Gesture, Three Olives and World Of Rocknroll (one filly each). Smiley Dragon, a Dragon Again filly owned and bred by Emerald Highlands Farm of Mount Vernon, OH, starts from post five in the first OSS division (Race 3). This $46,780-winning lass, has captured OSS legs two (in 1:52.4) and three (in 1:52.3), after finishing third in leg one. Ronnie Wrenn, Jr., drives the brown homebred. Kay Again will be trying for her second OSS victory, having won a leg three division at Scioto Downs on July 14 in 1:52.2 with Tony Hall driving for trainer Mike Roth. This Dragon Again filly has career earnings of $133,470 and seasonal earnings of $91,780 for breeder/owner Alan Keith of Johnstown, OH. Kimberly Dailey bridles up leg one winner Bad Girls Rule in the second OSS division (Race 6) for the 3rd Floors Stables of Springboro, OH. This World Of Rocknroll filly was clocked in 1:54.1 at Miami Valley in leg one, and since finished a smart second in both the second and third OSS leg. Bred by Spring Haven Farm, Bad Girls Rule has $235,046 in career earnings and $53,230 garnered this season. David Miller will pilot the bay lass from post three. Up Front Flor Ida is a daughter of Woodstock conditioned by Tim McKoy for Kevin McKinney and Virginia McKoy who stats from post five in the third OSS contest (Race 9). She won a leg one division in 1:53.1 at Miami Valley, before finishing fifth in leg two and third in leg three. Bred by Ed Mullinax, Up Front Flor Ida has $96,298 in career earnings and $80,774 amassed in 2018 thus far. Kayne Kauffman drives. The $400,000 Carl Milstein Memorial, an open invitational for 3-year-old pacers carded as Race 11, will feature North America Cup winner and Ohio Sires Stakes winner Lather Up, among others. This Ohio-bred son of I'm Gorgeous, who is trained by Clyde Francis for breeders/owners Gary & Barbara Iles of Harrington, DE, will have Montrell Teague in the sulky from post two. Lather Up, with $574,465 in his coffers, looks well poised for another huge effort, and is scheduled to race on Aug. 18 at Scioto Downs, in Leg 4 of the Ohio Sires Stakes for 3-year-old pacing colts. Always A Prince, an Ohio-bred son of Always A Virgin bred by Emerald Highlands Farm and owned by Carl and Melanie Atley of Xenia, OH, starts from post eight in the Milstein Memorial, for trainer Tyler George. This sophomore gelding will have Trace Tetrick in the sulky. Springsteen and Dorsoduro Hanover are two other sophomores with Ohio connections. Powell, Ohio-resident Bruce Soulsby shares ownership in Springsteen, a $522,048-earning and New York Sire Stake-winning son of Rock N Roll Heaven; while Wingfield Five of Kenton, Ohio owns a share of the Somebeachsomewhere gelding Dorsoduro Hanover, a winner of $575,603 in his career, including the $400,000 Adios Final at The Meadows on July 28. by Kimberly Rinker, OSDF Administrator

There's no doubt that the addition of slots at the pari-mutuel racetracks in Ohio has been a boon to the industry there. Not only are horsemen racing for bigger purses it has also fueled a resurgence of sorts in the amateur movement there, as well as in Pennsylvania, where slots have been the lay of the land for a few years now. On Wednesday, August 8 at Northfield Park in Ohio, a solid 10-horse field of amateur drivers each took a seat behind spirited steeds and raced for an $,8000 purse and when the dust had cleared "Michelle the Belle" Ruvola stuck it to the boys-her dad included- when she guided Better Call Saul to an easy 3-1/2 triumph in a very creditable 1:59.1 clocking. After starting from the 4-hole Michelle settled her trotter in along the pylons in third position as "Marvelous Marvin" Raber and Mikey Hanover showed the way by the quarter in :29.3. Heading to the half-way point she moved Better Call Saul first-up and they slowly kept moving forward. Third at the half, second at the three quarters, and still second -by two lengths- at the top of the stretch Mrs. Ruvola finally gave her trotter his head and "Saul" put it in high fear and rambled on to an easy victory over Mikey Hanover. Sneaky Sam finished third for Gregg "Fast Greggy" Keidel and Michelle's dad, George Bonomo, was fourth with Time Outa Jail. Contacted via email Michelle was understandably jubilant after her victory and she responded: "Still feeling the excitement of finishing first under the wire. It never gets old! Saul was really on the bit in warm-up and came through for the race! Got a hole, race went in nice fractions, and when we popped out to take on Mikey, Saul was ready and willing! Thanks "Team Saul" for the win! (By the way, I'm still smiling! )" Better Be Saul is owned by Wolf Creek Farm and trained by Crist Hershberger. He paid $8.20 for win. For Michelle, a businesswoman from Naperville, Ill who only has time to drive sparingly, it marked her first seasonal victory and 40th of her amateur career. by John Manzi, for the Billings Series    

North America Cup champion Lather Up headlines a deep and diverse field in Northfield Park's premier event, the $400,000 Carl Milstein Memorial on Saturday night, August 11. The race, a three year-old Open by invitation only, has attracted a diverse and accomplished group of horses, representing sires from six different states and Ontario. Ohio-sired Lather Up has been named the 2-1 morning-line favorite by Northfield's Executive Vice President of Racing and Simulcasting, Dave Bianconi. Lather Up has banked over $500,000 in purses while winning eight of his nine starts thus far in 2018. Lather Up is the only horse in the field that has ever competed at Northfield, including a local victory in Ohio Sires Stakes competition last year. Clyde Francis of the George Teague Stable trains Lather Up for breeder/owners Gary and Barbara Iles of Harrington, Delaware. Jimmy Freight drew the rail and is the 3-1 second choice. He ventures south of the border on the heels of a career best 1:48.3 romp in Ontario Sires Stakes company on August 4 at Woodbine/Mohawk Park. Jimmy Freight is now a perfect 4-for-4 in Ontario Sires Stakes Gold events this year. Dorsoduro Hanover drew post-5 and is the 4-1 third choice. He is fresh off a breakthrough victory in the $400,000 Adios at The Meadows (near Pittsburgh). Pennsylvania-sired Dorsoduro Hanover enters the Milstein for harness racing's leading trainer in both wins and purses, Ron Burke. Burke recently surpassed the $200,000,000 mark in career purses from his stable, and is a fixture atop the seasonal leader board for trainers in both wins and earnings from his starters. The 2018 $400,000 Milstein Memorial field: POST HORSE DRIVER TRAINER M/L 1 Jimmy Freight Louis Roy Andrew Harris 3-1 2 Lather Up Montrell Teague Clyde Francis 2-1 3 Thinkbig Dreambig Jordan Stratton Jimmy Takter 12-1 4 Springteen Rene Allard David Miller 6-1 5 Dorsoduro Hanover Matt Kakaley Ron Burke 4-1 6 Minnie Vinnie Aaron Merriman Curtis Carey 15-1 7 Slick Tony Russell Foster George Leager 20-1 8 Always A Prince Trace Tetrick Tyler George 10-1 The race is named in honor of Carl Milstein, who owned and operated Northfield Park from 1984 until his death in 1999. His son, Brock, took over as Chairman of Northfield Park upon his father's passing until earlier this year 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 1980's. 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 "The Carl Milstein Memorial is our richest and most prestigious race of the year," stated Brent Reitz, Northfield Park Vice President and General Manager, "but the rest of the card is loaded with exceptional racing as well." This year's Milstein Memorial program carries total purses in excess of $700,000. The 16-race program includes the $50,000 Myron Charna President's Pace, a race for four year-old-and-up Ohio Sired Pacers (by invitation only), three $40,000 divisions of Ohio Sires Stakes for three year-old filly pacers, and three $19,000 Open events. Superfecta wagering will be available on Saturday's featured 11th race event with a $20,000 guaranteed pool. It is also the fourth leg of the Pick-4, which has a guaranteed pool of $10,000. First race post time is 6:00 p.m. 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 Hard Rock Rocksino 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 to sample some award winning fare. Making their return appearance to the Northfield Apron is Cleveland's award winning Barrio's food truck. Cleveland's Scene Magazine readers voted Barrio as the best food truck in northeast Ohio. Joining Barrio is the Addicted Coffee truck and Crooked Kettle Popcorn. Live music by Unknown Reason also will be part of the apron scene from 6-10 p.m. Attendees can also enter drawings that will take place throughout the evening. The drawings are FREE to enter and we will be giving away betting vouchers, gift cards, 55" SmartTV, amusement park tickets, and the Grand Prize of up to $2,000 in our Cases of Cash game. Plus, try your luck at our Putting Challenge, where you can win more cash and prizes from 7 - 8 PM. Admission and parking are always FREE at Northfield Park. by Ayers Ratliff, for Northfield Park

Two new harness racing track records were established Monday night, August 6 in Ohio Sires Stakes divisions for 2-year-old trotting colts and fillies at Northfield Park. Wittyville and driver Chris Page trotted confidently to score a new track record clocking of 1:56.2 for 2-year-old colts in the fourth $40,000 OSS division, eclipsing the previous mark of 1:56.3 set by Buckeye Boss and driver Aaron Merriman in a 2016 OSS event. Trained by Ronnie Burke for Burke Racing, Knox Services and Weaver Bruscemi, the Manofmanymissions colt had previously finished sixth and third in the first two OSS legs. Wittyville left the gate at odds of 4-1, besting 5-2 Lane Of Stone (Jeff Nisonger) by three lengths, with 9-2 Cravin For Cash (Greg Grismore) notching third-place honors. Bred by Knox Services, he now has $28,510 in career earnings. Burke also harnessed Dylan The Great to a 1:58 victory in the second OSS colt division, as the 3-5 favorite. The Break The Bank K youngster was given a perfect steer by Chris Page to prevail by 2¾ lengths over 6-1 Yes (Anthony MacDonald), with 5-1 Here Comes Moony (Tyler Smith) third. Owned by Burke Racing, Larry Karr, J&T Silva-Purnel&Libby and Weaver Bruscemi, Dylan The Great had finished fourth in leg two and second in leg of OSS competition, and now sports career earnings of $56,400. He was bred by Midland Acres. Cumberland Gap captured the first OSS colt division in a speedy 1:57.4 with Ronnie Wrenn, Jr., at the lines. Conditioned and co-owned by Renee Bauslaugh and breeder and co-owner Chuck Stillings, the Wishing Stone colt was on the front end nearly every step of the way, holding on to win by half a length over 3-1 Shake N Back (Greg Grismore), with 3-2 favorite Oh So Pine (Anthony MacDonald) third. Cumberland Gap now has a first, second and eighth-place finish in the first three OSS legs, with $53,570 in his coffers. Peter Trottintail notched his first OSS and career victory in the third OSS test, timed in 1:59.4 for driver Aaron Merriman. The Uncle Peter colt is conditioned by co-owner Miles Wollam for partner Rhett Roll and left the gate as the 7-1 choice, chasing the front-stepping, 9-1 Bosley (Ryan Stahl), before brushing past in the stretch to nail down his first career win. Pattis Main Man, a 30-1 longshot steered by Kyle Ater, picked up show money. Bred by the Steiner Stock Farm, Peter Trottintail now has $32,000 in career earnings. Only Take Cash established a new track record for 2-year-old trotting fillies at Northfield Park by capturing the second OSS filly division in 1:56.4. The previous mark was set by Letsgetitstarted and driver Josh Sutton in 2016 in an OSS leg. Only Take Cash is a Cash Hall filly trained by Robert McIntosh for the Canadian ownership trio of McIntosh Stables; Dave Boyle and Mardon Stables. Aaron Merriman was the lines behind 1-5 Only Take Cash, who scored her fourth career victory in wire-to-wire fashion, besting 13-1 Stone In Love (Chris Page) by nearly five lengths, with 12-1 See Me Sparkle (Tyler Smith) getting up for third. This speedy filly, who was bred by McIntosh Stables and CSX Stables, has had two wins and one second in OSS competition thus far, and sports a bankroll of $77,370. Back Splash and driver Ronnie Wrenn, Jr., also used front-stepping tactics to win their OSS division, clocked in 1:57.3 as the 5-1 choice. This Chris Beaver trainee is a daughter of Triumphant Caviar with a fourth and third-place finish in her previous OSS legs. Bred by Atlantic Trot and Steve Stewart, Back Splash is owned by Beaver, D. Robinson, Steven Zeehandelar and RBH Ventures and has $33,292 in earnings to date. Pure Chance was second at 5-2, half a length behind the winner, for Aaron Merriman, while 1-2 Feel Invincible As was third for Chris Page. Princessofpink was the queen of her division for driver Kurt Sugg and trainer Marty Wollam, who owns the daughter of Full Count in partnership with Toni Dean and Lori Manke. Leaving hard from post five, Princessofpink took command and never relinquished the lead, trotting to a 1:58 mark in her first lifetime victory in her fourth try. She finished three-quarters of a length ahead of 4-5 Vivi D (Kyle Ater), with 6-1 Bella's Rose Power (Aaron Merriman) third. Bred by Steiner Stock Farm and Acadia Farms, Inc., Princessofpink now has $35,825 in career earnings and was sixth and third in her previous two OSS outings. by Kimberly Rinker, OSDF Administrator

A field of eight of the sports best three-year-old colts and geldings have RSVP'd "Yes" to compete in harness racing's richest Invitational for pacers, the $400,000 Carl Milstein Memorial at Northfield Park this Saturday night, August 11. Northfield's Executive Vice President of Racing and Simulcasting, Dave Bianconi, has received commitments from the connections of a diverse and accomplished group of horses, representing sires from six different states and Ontario. They will all converge on the Northeast Ohio oval on Saturday in Northfield's premier event of the season. Headlining the field of eight is Ohio-sired Lather Up, champion of the $1,000,000 (Canadian funds) North America Cup at suburban Toronto's Woodbine/Mohawk Park in June. Lather Up has banked over $500,000 in purses while winning eight of his nine starts thus far in 2018. Lather Up is the only horse in the field that has ever competed at Northfield, including a local victory in Ohio Sires Stakes competition last year. Clyde Francis of the George Teague Stable trains Lather Up for breeder/owners Gary and Barbara Iles of Harrington, Delaware. Fresh off of a breakthrough victory in the $400,000 Adios at The Meadows (near Pittsburgh) Pennsylvania-sired Dorsoduro Hanover enters the Milstein for harness racing's leading trainer in both wins and purses, Ron Burke. Burke recently surpassed the $200,000,000 mark in career purses from his stable, and is a fixture atop the seasonal leader board for trainers in both wins and earnings from his starters. Springsteen, winner of the $500,000 Max Hempt Memorial at Mohegan Sun at Pocono on June 30, enters the Milstein off an impressive score in New York Sires Stakes competition at Yonkers Raceway in his most recent outing. Rene Allard conditions the career earner of $522,048. Jimmy Freight ventures south of the border on the heels of a career best 1:48.3 romp in Ontario Sires Stakes company on August 4 at Woodbine/Mohawk Park. He is now a perfect 4-for-4 in Ontario Sires Stakes Gold events this year. Always A Prince will race outside of Indiana for the first time when he lines up behind the Northfield Park staring gate. A winner of 11 of 13 career starts, Always A Prince crushed the field by over seven lengths in an Indiana Sires Stakes Final in his most recent outing at Hoosier Park on August 1. Multiple Delaware stakes winner Slick Tony will step into Grand Circuit company for the first time in Saturday's Milstein. 80-year-old owner/trainer/breeder George Leager and his wife Nola paid only $500 for Slick Tony's dam, Queen Kathy. Slick Tony has rewarded the Leagers with 15 victories in 19 lifetime starts, and nearly $300,000 in earnings. Making the longest voyage to Northfield is Iowa fair stakes legend Minnie Vinnie. A winner of 18 of 23 career starts, Minnie Vinnie had a profitable voyage east earlier this year when he finished second in the $300,000 Art Rooney Memorial at Yonkers Raceway in New York. Rounding out the Milstein field is the late-blooming Thinkbig Dreambig. Hall of Fame trainer Jimmy Takter sends out the winner of over $125,000 in just nine lifetime starts. The powerful field has combined to win 87 races and $2,769,468 in purse earnings. They certainly arrive at Northfield in top form, as seven out the eight horses in the field were victorious in their most recent efforts. The Carl Milstein Memorial post-position draw will be conducted on Tuesday, August 7. It will be race 11 on a 16-race program that will also include the $50,000 Myron Charna President's Pace for veteran Ohio-breds and multiple divisions of Ohio Sires Stakes for three-year-old filly pacers. First race post time is 6:00 (Eastern), with the Milstein scheduled for an approximate 10:00 start. by Ayers Ratliff, for Northfield Park

Seven $40,000 Ohio Sires Stakes divisions for 2-year-old diagonally-gaited specialists will be contested Monday night, Aug. 6 at Northfield Park. The seven OSS harness racing divisions in Leg 3 of this 4-round series include four races for colts and three for fillies, with a first race post time of 6 pm, ET. Youngsters eligible to the OSS program must be sired by a stallion registered with the Ohio State Racing Commission (OSRC) during year of conception and must be standing in the state of Ohio that same year. OSS eligibles then garner points based on where they finish in this four-leg series, seeding them into the $275,000 Championship, set for Sept. 8 at Scioto Downs. The $60,000 consolation races will be contested on Oct. 13 at Northfield Park this season. Points are distributed as follows: 51 points for win, 26 points for second, 13 points for third, 9 points for fourth and 6 points for fifth, and one point for starting. A total of 15 Ohio-registered Standardbred stallions have progeny racing in these OSS events on Monday night, including Manofmanmissions, with nine foals (six colts and three fillies). Uncle Peter is represented by eight foals (5 colts and three fillies), while Dejarmbro (four colts and two fillies) and Wishing Stone (three colts and three fillies) each have six. Stallions represented by four OSS contestants include Broadway Hall and Triumphant Caviar-both with one colt and three fillies each. Break The Bank K and My MVP each send three youngsters postward, while Cash Hall, Dontyouforgetit and Full Count have two freshmen each competing. The stallions Cayenne Turbo, Ilooklikemymom, Southwind Spirit and Winbak Yankee all have one foal going postward in these OSS contest at Northfield Park. The four colt divisions have been carded as races 1, 3, 4, 5 in which 28 male trotters will vie, while 24 fillies will line up behind the Northfield gate in races 6, 7, 9. Nine colts who have won either the first or second leg of this series previously are returning for action, including Oh So Pine in the first division (Race 1) for the Canadian-based team of trainer Jason McGinnis and driver Anthony MacDonald. Bred by Gbw Breeding Farms, Inc., this Uncle Peter gelding won his OSS leg one on July 2 at Northfield, clocked in 2:01.3, then was a smart second to Never Say Uncle on July 20 at Scioto Downs, timed in 1:58.4. More recently, he captured a $35,400 Ohio State Fair Stake on July 28 at Scioto in 1:57.3 and appears primed to capture this third OSS leg for Thestable Oh So Pine Group of Guelph, ON. Oh So Pine owns a bankroll of $53,450. Trainer Kimberly Dailey will harness Yankees Image for owner-breeder Benlee Troyer of Millersburg, OH in the second OSS colt division (Race 3). This unaltered Winbak Yankee colt broke stride in leg one but rebounded to capture leg two in decisive fashion for driver Danny Noble, timed in 1:57.4 at Scioto on July 20. Noble drives again from the rail. McGinnis and McDonald will start leg two winner Yes from post seven in this same race. Owned by Thestable Yes Group of Guelph, ON, the gelded son by Manofmanymissions was third in leg one to Homer Hall and then prevailed by two lengths over his rivals in a 1:59.2 effort in leg two. From four career starts, he has amassed $34,075 in earnings. A trio of single leg winners square off in the third OSS division (Race 4), including Never Say Uncle, who was fifth in the first leg before winning leg two in 1:58.4 on July 20 at Scioto Downs. Ronnie Wrenn, Jr., will steer the Uncle Peter gelding again from post three. Chris Beaver trains the winner of $26,368 lifetime for the ownership quartet of himself, Joanna Beaver, Michael Carter and Mike McLoughlin. Scott Cox will tighten the girth on Bosley, a Manofmanymissions gelding who captured his leg one in 1:59.2 for the partnership of Parent Racing Stable and G. Peters. A winner of $25,125 to date, Bosley was bred by Darwin and Ann Shaver and will be steered from post four by regular pilot Ryan Stahl. Kimberly Dailey sends out 1:58.1 leg two winner Ilooklikeanallstar from post five, with Danny Noble in the bike. The bay gelded son by Ilooklikemymom was impressive in that victory after finishing sixth in leg one. A winner of $29,275 to date, Ilooklikeanallstar was second by a neck in 1:57.1 to Cumberland Gap in a $37,100 Ohio Fair Stake at Scioto Downs on July 28. The fourth OSS division (Race 5) for colt trotters also features three previous leg winners, including Lane Of Stone, a Mark Winters, Sr., trainee who captured the previous two legs impressively. On July 2, the brown son of Wishing Stone used come-from-behind tactics to win in 1:59.3 with Jeff Nisonger in the sulky. He followed that up with a 2:07.4 score in a Western Ohio Colt Race (WOCRA) at Bellefontaine on July 11, before taking leg two in an impressive, near wire-to-wire effort on July 20 at Scioto Downs, clocked in 1:58.2. On July 31, he posted another gate-to-wire victory, at Wapakoneta in a $5,438 WOCRA stake, drawing off by just over four lengths in 2:10.3. This homebred youngster is now five-for-five lifetime, with $46,143 earned in his career for owner Harry Horowitz of Brooklyn, NY. Nisonger will be at the helm once again, from post three. Homer Hall, a winner of $46,949 lifetime won leg one of this series for trainer Steve Carter, who owns the gelded Broadway Hall son along with Ohioan Jay Mossbarger and C. P. Gallagher of Michigan. This bay gelding was timed in 1:59.3 in that victory and was clocked in 1:58.3 in his third-place finish in leg two. Bred by Midland Acres, Homer Hall also won an Ohio Fair Stake on July 28 at Scioto Downs in 1:58.3. Ryan Stahl is in the bike once again, this time from post one. TC's Best starts from post six in this same event for trainer Chris Beaver and driver Aaron Merriman. The Triumphant Caviar colt won leg one in wire-to-wire fashion in 1:59 and was fifth on July 20 at Scioto in leg two, after making a break at the start. Owned by Beaver, along with J. Gallagher, Moger-Delia Racing and Steve Zeehandelar, TC's Best has $23,855 in earnings. He was bred by Barbara Murdock and Murdock Racing Stable. The top ten point earners thus far (from the first two legs) in this OSS division for 2-year-old trotting colts are as follows: Lane Of Stone (102); Oh So Pine (77); Bosley (64); Homer Hall (64); Yes (64); TC's Best (57); Never Say Uncle (57); Ilooklikeanallstar (52); Yankees Image (52); and Just A Passenger (39). In the first (Race 6) of the three filly divisions, Feel Invincible AS starts from the rail for trainer Anette Lorentzon and driver Chris Page. This Broadway Hall filly won leg two handily in 1:58.1. The homebred did not start in the first leg of this series for owner Aci Stuteri Ab and Kjell Johansson, sporting a bankroll of $32,792. Pure Chance is another Chris Beaver trainee owned in partnership with Steve Zeehandelar. Aaron Merriman will drive the daughter of Triumphant Caviar from post two in this same third leg. Pure Chance was a smart third in leg one before winning leg two in 1:59.2. Bred by Jonas Schlabach, this brown filly has $28,328 in earnings. The second OSS filly division (Race 7) is loaded with talent, as five previous OSS leg winners are set to wage war. Chris Beaver harnesses Stone In Love from the rail with Chris Page driving for the trainer, along with owners Jim Burnett and Tim Homan of Ohio. Bred by Mark Ford and Ed Mullinax, this Wishing Stone lass won leg one impressively in 1:59.2 on July 3 at Northfield Park and was second by a neck in 1:59.2 at Scioto Downs on July 20 to stablemate Pure Chance. From three starts, with a win and two seconds, Stone In Love has career earnings of $40,850. Stablemate Aunt Rose is another Beaver trainee owned by her trainer, Zeehandelar, Carter and the affable Joe Sbrocco. This Uncle Peter filly is looking for a clean sweep of this series, having won leg one in 1:59.1 and leg two in 1:59. Bred by Spring Haven Farm and Doug Millard, Aunt Rose has $42,170 in her bankroll, and starts form post two with Ronnie Wrenn, Jr., at the controls. Trainer Kent Sherman sends out 1:58 leg one winner Spirit Bell from post three, with Ryan Stahl up. The daughter by Southwind Spirit was third in leg two at Scioto Downs on July 20, timed in 1:59.2 for owners Melissa Patterson and Daryl Sherman. Bred by Dublin Valley Farm, she's earned $46,850 thus far in her brief career. Robert McIntosh and Dave Boyle's Only Take Cash has done just that in this series, winning leg two in 1:57.1 and finishing second by a neck in leg one to Vivi D in 1:59.2. This Cash Hall homebred has earned $57,370 to date from three wins and a second in four career starts. Aaron Merriman is slated to drive from the four-hole for the Canadian-based conditioner McIntosh. See Me Sparkle won leg one of this series in a confident 2:00.3 at Northfield Park on July 3 but jumped it off in leg two. Trained by J. L. Adams, the Broadway Hall filly is owned by the Pennsylvania-based trio of M. A. Valentic; J. R. Bednarksi; and K. L. Adams. See Me Sparkle was bred by Midland Acres and has amassed $31,025 lifetime. The aforementioned winner Vivi D will have to contend with post eight in the final OSS division (Race 9) for fillies. Kyle Ater pilots the Broadway Hall filly for his father, trainer Dan Ater, who owns her along with Kirk Nichols of London, OH. A winner of $51,700, Vivi D won leg one in a hasty 1:59.2, and was a close second in leg two, timed in 1:57.1. On July 27 she won a $43,400 Ohio State Fair Stake in 1:58.1 for these same connections. Vivi D was bred by D & M Robinson and R. Mondillo of Ohio. The top ten point earners thus far (from the first two legs) in this OSS division for 2-year-old trotting fillies are as follows: Aunt Rose (102); Only Take Cash (77); Vivi D (77); Stone In Love (77); Spirit Bell (64); Pure Chance (64); See Me Sparkle (52); One Last Howl (52); Feel Invincible As (51); and Bella's Rose Power (35). by Kimberly Rinker, OSDF Administrator

Electric Lad paced home for his 50th career victory, winning the 6th race at Northfield Park on Wednesday (August 1). The 13 year-old veteran, with 346 career starts, also has 51 seconds and 44 third place finishes. Electric Lad (Electric Yankee-Figmental-Precious Bunny) has career earnings of $436,459 with a lifetime mark of 1:51.2 at Hoosier Park at age nine. The pacer's richest win was for a purse of $19,300 in a claiming race at Hoosier Park in 2013. Electric Lad is a well-traveled campaigner -- his 50 wins have been spread across 11 different racing surfaces. Electric Lad started from post-4 and led his competition at every call through fraction of :27.1, :56.3, 1:25 and 1:54.1, besting his competition by a 1 ¼-lengths. He was the race favorite and returned $4.60 to win. Ryan Bellamy of Anderson, Indiana owns and trains Electric Lad. Aaron Merriman was aboard for the winning drive. by Ayers Ratliff, for Northfield Park

Late Monday evening at Northfield Park in the $19,000 Fillies and Mares Open Handicap, the harness racing world record for four-year-old pacing mare on a half mile track was tied by Bye Bye Felcia in the 11th race on the program. The daughter of Woodstock, from the Camluck mare, Tea Time, left from post seven for driver Aaron Merriman, was parked out to the opening quarter mile in :27 and then took control of the lead to the half mile in :54.2, the three-quarters in 1:22 and pulled away to win by three and one-half lengths in 1:50.3. The world mark is now co-held with Lakeisha Hall (Matt Kakaley), set in 2017, also at Northfield Park.   The $232,000 career winning mare is trained by William Rhodes, owned by Leah Rhodes of Clarksville, PA and was bred by Billy Walters and Joe McLead of Sugar Valley Farm in Ohio, where Woodstock stands stud. She went off as the betting favorite paying $5.00 to win. By Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink

Sass trotted home for his sixth straight win Monday (July 30) in Northfield Park's 10th race, the $19,000 Open Trot. The five year-old harness racing stallion is owned by Paul and Patricia O'Neil of Saratoga Springs, New York and trained by Jessica Roegner. Aaron Merriman was aboard for the winning drive. Sass was assigned post eight and was parked through fractional times of :28 and :56.1. He made the lead in the third quarter and never looked back through times of 1:25.1 and 1:55. Despite the tough trip, he bested his competition by 2¼-lengths. Monday's triumph increased Sass' lifetime earnings to $252,536. He was the favorite and returned $4.00 to win. Merriman also won the evening's $19,000 F&M Open with Bye Bye Felicia, who tied the 1:50.3 four year-old-pacing-mare track and world records. The clocking tied a 2017 record of Lakeisha Hall (Matt Kakaley) at Northfield Park. Leah Rhoades of Clarksville, Pennsylvania owns Bye Bye Felicia and William Rhoades is her conditioner. Bye Bye Felicia (Woodstock-Tea Time-Camluck) now has six wins in 28 starts this year. Monday's victory represents her 13th career score and bolstered her bankroll to $232,356. She paid $5.00 to win. Bye Bye Felicia and Sass were just two of the eight wins on the night for North America's leading driver Aaron Merriman. His other triumphs were with Gotta Laugh Again ($2.60) in race six, Anoche ($6.00) in race seven, Khan Blue Chip ($5.00) in race nine, Beach Boy Brody ($2.20) in race 12, Crusoe Hanover ($4.60) in race 14 and A Bettor World ($3.40) in race 16. Although Aaron Merriman was not the pilot, in the evening's fourth race Joyfulntriumphant crossed the finish line as the fastest four year-old-trotting-mare ever at Northfield Park when she won a $12,500 conditioned event in 1:54.2. The former 1:54.4 record was held in a tie by Like Old Times (Ronnie Wrenn Jr.) from 2016 and Rose Run Sydney (Ryan Stahl) in 2018. Christopher Beaver of Radnor, Ohio leases and trains Joyfulntriumphant. Chris Lems was in the sulky for the winning drive. Joyfulntriumphant (Triumphant Caviar-Happy Everything-Ken Warkentin) now has 13 lifetime wins and a bankroll of $89,159. She paid $12.80 to win. Ayers Ratliff

Count On Cody crossed the finish line as the fastest sophomore trotting colt ever at Northfield Park when he won the $6,200 Summit County Fair Stakes in 1:55.2 on Saturday (July 28). The former 1:55.3 three year-old trotting record was held by Buckeye Boss (Ronnie Wrenn Jr.) from 2017. Acadia Farms of Canfield, Ohio and G&B Racing of New Wilmington, Pennsylvania own Count On Cody. Ohio Harness Racing Hall of Famer Marty Wollam is his conditioner and Kurt Sugg was in the sulky for the winning drive. Count On Cody (Full Count-Caviar Forthe Lady-S J's Caviar) started from post five. He left from the gate sat the pocket through :27.2 and :57 opening fractions. Just past the half Count On Cody came to the outside, took the lead and never looked back. He rolled through final fractions of 1:26.1 and 1:55.2, besting his competition by 1 ¼-lengths. Count On Cody now has two wins in three starts this year. Saturday's victory represents his fourth career score and bolstered his bankroll to $136,570. He was heavily favored and returned $5.80 to win. by Ayers Ratliff, for Northfield Park

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