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Northmedo Mission became the fasted harness racing sophomore gelding trotter in the history of Northfield Park when he won a $10,500 conditioned trot in 1:53.3 on Tuesday (October 9). The previous mark was 1:54.3 and held by both Star Buster (Aaron Merriman) in 2017 and Get The Cash (Greg Grismore) in 2018. Mike Medors trains the trotter for owner Northmedo Stable of Painesville, Ohio. Aaron Merriman was in the sulky for the winning drive. Northmedo Mission (Manofmanymissions-Northmedo Blessing-Striking Sahbra) started from post two. He left from the gate and led every call through fractions of :27.3, :56, 1:24.1 and 1:53.3, destroying his competition by 11 ¼-lengths. Northmedo Mission now has six wins in 18 starts this year. Tuesday's victory represents his 10st career score and bolstered his bankroll to $115,778. He was heavily favored and returned $3.20 to win. Northfield Park is announcing the addition of a $35,000 20¢ Super High Five total pool guarantee to Wednesday’s (October 10th) program.  Offered in Race 13, the $35,000 20¢ Super High Five guaranteed total pool includes a carryover of $10,634.77. Northfield’s 20¢ Super High Five offers a reduced takeout rate of just 14 percent.    Wednesday’s post time is 6:00 p.m. by Ayers Ratliff, for Northfield Park

Harness racing trainer Ron Burke & driver Chris Page teamed up to sweep all four $60,000 Ohio Sires Stakes Veteran Championships for 4-year-old and up trotters and pacers of both genders on Saturday night, Oct. 6 at Northfield Park. Rosemary Rose prevailed in 1:50.4 in the $60,000 OSS contest for pacing mares after a perfect two-hole trip. The 4-year-old daughter by Foreclosure N left the gate as the 9-5 favorite, sitting in the garden spot until mid-stretch, when she unleashed a :27.4 kick to notch career victory 19. Owned by Burke Racing, Jason Melilo and Weaver Bruscemi, Rosemary Rose finished 3½ lengths in front of 8-5 Pistol Packin Mam (Aaron Merriman), with 9-5 Feelin Red Hot (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) fading to third. The triumph upped Rosemary Rose's career earnings to $370,262. Page next steered 3-1 Lady's Pride to a 1:53.2 clocking in the $60,000 Trot, equaling the Northfield Park track record and finishing half a length in front of 4-5 I Know My Chip (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.). Another Break did well to finishing third at 18-1 for Danny Noble. The 7-year-old Victory Sam gelding is owned by Burke Racing, Weaver Bruscemi and Johnny Yoder, with 45 wins from 119 starts and earnings of $793,848 lifetime. In line to become the next Foiled Again, the seemingly indefatigable Dancin Yankee captured the $60,000 Pacing Championship for the fourth time. Timed in 1:49.3, the 10-year-old Yankee Cruiser stallion grabbed the lead at the 1:21.3 three-quarters and never looked back, drawing off by 3¼ lengths at 1-5 in front of 20-1 Uncle Remus (Jason Merriman). Ronnie Wrenn, Jr., piloted 22-1 Stride Of Pride to a third-place finish. Owned by Burke Racing, the victory pushed Dancin Yankee's career earnings to $1,836,957 and was his 69th lifetime win in his 217th start. Finally, Page guided 3-5 Party At The Banks to a 1:55.3 clocking in the $60,000 Mare Trotting Championship. The 4-year-old daughter by Break The Bank K battled the leading 6-1 A TC Queenie (Dan Noble) throughout the mile before getting the better of her rival in the lane, prevailing by 2¼ lengths, with 10-1 Joyfulntriumphant (Aaron Merriman) notching show honors. The win was the fifth of the season for Party At The Banks and her ninth lifetime. Her career coffers now contain $79,973 for owners Burke Racing and Weaver Bruscemi. Coming Up: Eight $60,000 Ohio Sires Stakes Consolations for 2- and 3-year-old trotting and pacing colts and fillies are set to spar at Northfield Park on October 13, wrapping up the 2018 OSS season. by Kimberly Rinker, OSDF Administrator  

On Saturday (October 6) Northfield Park hosted eight $40,000 divisions of Buckeye Stallion Series Championships and four $60,000 Ohio Sires Stakes (OSS) Championships for harness racing 4-year-olds and up. The stakes racing action led to a track record being set for freshman gelding pacers and a tied mark for Five-and-Up Trotting Geldings. Yankee Boots won the evening's fourth race, the $40,000 Buckeye Stallion Series Championship 2 CP. His 1:51.3 clocking made him the fastest 2 year-old pacing gelding in the track's history. The mark was previous broke in 2017 by Drew The Dragon (Dan Noble) in 1:51.4. Steve Carter of Londonderry, Ohio trains and co-owns the pacer with Peggy Carter, Chuck Grubbs and J Whitacre. Aaron Merriman was in the sulky for the winning drive. Yankee Boots (Yankee Cruiser-Scootin Mercedes-Expensive Scooter) started from post four. He left from the gate and led every call through fractions of :26.3, :55.2, 1:23 and 1:51.3, besting his competition by two lengths. Yankee Boots now has nine wins in 14 starts. Saturday's victory bolstered his bankroll to $93,010. He was heavily favored and returned $2.80 to win. Race 10, the $60,000 OSS Championship for four-and-up trotting horses and geldings, saw Lady's Dude equal the 1:53.2 record for five-and-up trotting geldings. This is the fourth time this record has been set and is a tie with Obrigado (Mark MacDonald) in 2016, Cimeronken (Aaron Merriman) in 2018, and Fly Jesse Fly (Chris Lems) in 2018. Ron Burke trains the trotter for owners Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and JE Yoder. Chris Page was in the sulky. Lady's Dude (Victory Sam-Lady's Star-Hi Noon Star) started from the rail and sat the pocket through times of :27.1, :55.3 and 1:24.2. Page pulled approaching top of the stretch and won by ½-length in 1:53.2. Lady's Dude now has 11 wins in 23 starts this year. This victory represents his 45th career score and pushed his earnings $793,848. He paid $8.80 to win. Ayers Ratliff

Four $60,000 Ohio Sires Stakes Championships for veteran pacers and trotters, 4-year-olds and up, will be contested Saturday night, Oct. 6 at Northfield Park. The four OSS events, carded as races nine through 12 on the 16-race program, feature full, eight-horse fields. First race post time is 6 pm, ET. Trainer Ronnie Burke sends out a formidable pair in the $60,000 OSS Mare Pacing Championship (Race 9), $340,262-earner Rosemary Rose and Feelin Red Hot, who sports a bankroll of $213,279. Owned by Burke Racing, J.V. Melilo and Weaver Bruscemi, Rosemary Rose is a 4-year-old daughter by Foreclosure N, out of The Panderosa mare Pantathlon. A winner of 18 of 44 career starts, Rosemary Rose won a $18,500 Filly & Mare Open Handicap at Dayton on Sept. 14 in 1:52.1. Bred by Ron Salcedo, Rosemary Rose starts from the rail with Chris Page aboard. Stablemate Feelin Red Hot leaves from post four with Ronnie Wrenn, Jr., in the sulky. This 5-year-old Feelin Friskie lass won a $19,000 Northfield Park Filly & Mare Open on Sept. 15 in wire-to-wire fashion in 1:51.1. Owned by Burke Racing and Weaver Bruscemi, Feelin Red Hot has won 19 of her 74 trips postward for these connections. The $60,000 OSS Trotting Championship (Race 10) features a hardy field of eight diagonally-gaited specialists, who collectively, have earned more than $3.26 million. Buckeye Boss looks like the one to beat from post three. Aaron Merriman steers the 4-year-old Triumphant Caviar gelding for trainer Chris Beaver, who co-owns Buckeye Boss along with breeder Marion Beachy and Synerco Ventures. A winner of $331,874 from 15 wins, three seconds and three thirds in 34 career starts, Buckeye Boss has five triumphs to his credit this season, including a 1:54.3 score at Scioto Downs on Sept. 8 in a $30,000 Open. I Know My Chip is another with a solid shot in this event, hailing from conditioner Walter Haynes, Jr.'s stable. A winner of $846,006 lifetime, the 6-year-old son of Deep Chip has battled against some of North America's best trotters this season, with his most impressive effort coming in the $186,000 Crawford at Tioga Downs on Aug. 12, when he was second to Will Take Charge in 1:52.1. The 7-year-old Victory Sam gelding Lady's Dude has earned $763,848 from 44 wins, 16 seconds and 17 thirds in 118 career trips postward. Bred by Ohioan Duane Lowe and trained by Ronnie Burke, Lady's Dude has been super consistent in the Ohio opens for his connections this year, with seasonal earnings of $128,750. Millionaire Dancin Yankee is the clear standout in Race 11, the $60,000 OSS Pacing Championship. Ronnie Burke will harness the 10-year-old Yankee Cruiser stallion from post three with Chris Page driving for the Burke Racing Stable of Fredericktown, PA. With $1,806,957 earned, Dancin Yankee has been one of the most consistent Ohio-bred performers throughout his career, with 68 wins, 48 seconds and 30 thirds from 216 lifetime starts. This season he's scored nine triumphs-including a heart-stopping 1:48.4 victory in a Scioto Downs open. As well, Dancin Yankee captured this same event in 2014 (in 1:52.1); in 2015 (in 1:51.3); and in 2016 (in 1:52.2), the last time it as contested. The $60,000 OSS Mare Trotting Championship (Race 12) sees $320,471-earner A TC Queenie as the one to beat. Trained by Ron Steck for Trish Sousby and Rick Schaut, this 5-year-old daughter by Triumphant Caviar-American Queen-American Winner lost a nose decision in the Ohio Breeders Championship at Delaware on Sept. 19 but had previously won six of 21 starts this season. Lifetime, she's visited the winner's circle 20 times, with ten seconds and seven thirds from 66 career outings. As well, another Burke trainee has a formidable chance in this same event. Party At The Banks, a 4-year-old Break The Bank K lass, prevailed impressively in the Ohio Breeders Aged Championship at Delaware on Sept. 19 in 1:53.4 before finishing second in a conditioned trot at Dayton on Sept. 28. Owned by Burke Racing and Weaver Bruscemi, Party At The Banks has amassed $49,973 from eight wins, eight seconds and a third in 28 career starts. Dan Noble drives from post three. Rose Run Sydney has been saddled with the dreaded eight-hole for trainer Steve Carter, who owns the 4-year-old Triumphant Caviar filly in partnership with Adam Friedland and Rbr Racing. A winner of $522,283 in her career from 22 wins in 50 starts, Rose Run Sydney captured the $250,000 OSS 3-Year-Old Championship last season. Ryan Stahl is slated to be in the bike from the outside slot. by Kimberly Rinker, OSDF Administrator

Northfield Park hosts both the Buckeye Stallion Series Championships and Ohio Sires Stakes Championships for four year-old and up as part of a 16-race program offering in excess of $600,000 in purses. The eight $40,000 Buckeye Stallion Series Championships start the evening's show and are directly followed with the evening's four $60,000 OSS Championships and four overnight races including the $19,000 F&M Open. In addition to superior racing action, the evening will also offer guests a $14.95 buffet in Lady Luck's clubhouse dining room from 6-9PM. Reservations are preferred and can be made by calling 330-467-4101. Guests who want to be down close to all of the racing action to dine can stop by the grandstand apron to visit Barrio's Food Truck, which will be sitting trackside from 6-9 PM. Other action trackside includes a FREE-to-play That's My Driver promotion where eight lucky patrons will each win $100 in cash, T-Shirt tosses throughout the evening, Ball Toss from 6-7PM, Driver Autograph Table from 6-9PM, and THE Dice Game from 7-8PM. First-race post time is 6PM. Admission and parking are always FREE at Northfield Park. by Ayers Ratliff, for Northfield Park  

Northfield Park is adding Sundays to the harness racing calendar for the remainder of 2018. The added day carries a regular 6PM post time and begins this Sunday (October 7). Northfield Park now offers live racing every Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday. by Ayers Ratliff, for Northfield Park  

Ronnie Wrenn Jr. had a big night at Northfield Park on Saturday (September 29) winning nine times on the 16-race program. Ronnie's triumphs were with Chase It Down ($7.20) in race one, Sea Rose ($4.20) in race two, On The Edgeofglory ($2.40) in race three, ER Monica ($3.80) in race five, Crystal Rei ($15.00) in race six, Faith Prevails ($3.00) in race 8, Mcdazzle ($5.00) in race 11, Star Of The West ($5.20) in race 13 and Derek Delight ($4.80) in race 16. Wrenn won his first race in 2008, a $2,800 Billings event at the Hillsdale Fair in Michigan, aboard Artful Power. Since breaking his maiden, Ronnie has scored almost 4,800 more times with purse earnings approaching $30 million. Saturday is the fourth time that Wrenn has posted nine wins on a single Northfield program. It is also the fourth time that he has been only one win shy of Northfield's record of the most wins in a single card. That record was set in 1999 by Walter Case Jr. Saturday's stellar performance is also one win shy of Ronnie's personal best of 10 wins on a single card, set in 2013 at Northville Downs. by Ayers Ratliff, for Northfield Park

Northfield, Ohio-Over the past few weeks in the Billings mid-west region a battle has been raging between Steve "You're Never Too" Oldford and Michelle "the Belle" Ruvola. Oh, not a physical one, but a competition which involved their trotters; Steve's, Kaffir Kemp and Michelle's, Better Call Saul. It seems that they have been trading victories."We've been going back and forth recently. I won last night with Kaffir Kemp and Michelle got me last week with Better Call Saul," Oldford explained. And in the two previous weeks victory was either Oldford's or Ruvola's. Oldford, reached by phone, related that because of constant rain last night the track was muddy and visibility was tough. "I'm still wiping mud from places I never thought I would have to," he joked. In the race last night over the muddy oval eight trotters lined-up behind the mobile starting gate and even before the field was turned loose two had gone off stride. "I fired-up my guy before the start because I wanted to be on the lead," Oldford said. "He has always had good gate speed and we cleared to the lead from the five-hole but we had to deal with Marvin (Raber with Mikey Hanover) who was on the limb. So I opened-up some daylight with hopes he'd get in behind me, which he did," But lurking behind Mikey Hanover was the betting favorite, Better Call Saul and when the leaders straightened up the backside Ms. Ruvola moved Better Call Saul off the pylons. However, Kiffir Kemp was up to the challenge and they battled all the way to the wire and the victory belonged to Oldfield's trotter who was a head better than Ruvola's as the finish line timer flashed 1:58.2. After a slow start Grana Padanno, who trailed the leaders by some 12 lengths in the early going, rallied to finish third for Dean "What Am I Bid" Beachy. Kaffir Kemp is owned by the Oldford Stable LLC and trained by Terry Deters. He returned an $11.00 mutuel by John Manzi, for the Billings Series  

Fly Jesse Fly equaled Northfield Park's harness racing track record for five-and-up trotting geldings when he won the $19,000 Open Trot in 1:53.2 on Sunday (September 2). The mark was previous held by both Obrigado (Mark MacDonald) in 2016 and Cimeronken (Aaron Merriman) in 2018. Jim Otto of Jefferson, Ohio trains and co-owns the trotter with Robert Sidley of Painesville, Ohio. Chris Lems was in the sulky for the winning drive. Fly Jesse Fly (Jailhouse Jesse-Flying Rae-Pegasus Spur) started from post two. He left from the gate and led every call through fractions of :26.4, :55.3, 1:24 and 1:53.2, besting his competition by 2 ¼-lengths. Fly Jesse Fly now has six wins in 21 starts this year. Sunday's victory represents his 21st career score and bolstered his bankroll to $410,445. He returned $10.00 to win. by Ayers Ratliff, for Northfield Park

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

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