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Man He Can Skoot paced home for his 50th career victory, winning the 7th race at Northfield Park on Tuesday (October 30). The nine year-old veteran, with 220 career starts, also has 45 seconds and 21 third-place finishes. Man He Can Skoot (Mantacular-Scoot'n By-Direct Scooter) has career earnings of $440,167 with a lifetime mark of 1:51 at Northfield Park at age six. The pacer's richest win was for a purse of $23,000 in a conditioned race at Yonkers Raceway in 2014. Man He Can Skoot is a well-traveled campaigner -- his 50 wins have been spread across 17 different racing surfaces. Man He Can Skoot started from post-7 and sat fourth through early :27 and :55 fractions. He pulled to the outside and took the lead in the third-quarter and led the remainder of the mile in times of 1:24 and 1:53, besting his competition by a full length. He returned $11.60 to win. Brian Loney trains Man He Can Skoot for owner Bradley Schwartz of Chicago, Illinois. Aaron Merriman was aboard for the winning drive. by Ayers Ratliff, for Northfield Park

Northfield, Ohio--Winning Billings trots in the midwest region is getting to be a habit for Steve "You're Never Too" Oldford. The talented reinsman from Michigan, who is also the vice president of the CKG Billings Harness Driving Series, scored an easy wire-to-wire triumph with Stirling Boudica in 1:58.3 Sunday night at Northfield Park. It was Oldford's second consecutive victory there. Sent off as the 4-5 favorite from the five-hole Oldford did what should be done when one has the best horse in the race. He sent the 8-year-old daughter of Malabar Man immediately to the lead in a :28.1 first quarter and once in command, and with no challengers, Oldford was able to tap the brakes as his mare led Tipontab ,and driver Cubbie Van Wagoner, to the mid-way point in :58.1. First to move was "Marvelous Marvin" Raber when he took aim at the leader with Buckeye Patty when the field straightened up he backside. But they never did get alongside the leaders, Around the final turn Stirling Boudica was in front with Tipontab still following her and at this point Oldford's mare appeared strong-- and she was-- and rambled home a two-length winner with Tipontab second best. Meanwhile, Buckeye Patty stalled, which allowed Better Call Saul and "Michelle the Belle" Ruvola to rally and both horses were inseparable for the show dough when they reached the finish line. Racing his stock at Northfield Park has been fruitful for Oldford. He won a Billings trot for the third time is as many weeks and he has been victorious in five of his last six trips to post. Currently with 12 wins and a .328 UDR, it has vaulted him into the running for National Amateur Driver of the Year, an honor Oldford won a few years ago. The winner, Stirling Boudica, is owned by Oldford Racing and trained by Kody Massey. She paid $3.40. And for Oldford it marked his 142nd lifetime driving victory.. by John Manzi, for the Billings Series  

Northfield, Ohio--On Sunday evening, Oct. 21, ten trotters went to post in a mid-region Billings trot at Northfield Park and after studying the races betting patterns only three horses had a legitimate shot at victory and two were sent away by the betting public at odds of less than 2-1 with the third at 9-2. and when the judges posted the official sign Nashville Holiday and driver Gregg "Fast Greggy" Keidel (9-5) walked away with all the marbles. Keidel, who has delved in more aspects of harness racing than most, wasted no time in sending his charge to the lead from the two-hole despite a challenge from Steve "You're Never Too" Oldford with the slight (7-5) betting favorite, Santini. As the field marched to the quarter pole Keidel stepped on the gas and opened a position behind him for Oldford to fall in along the pylons which Steve did before the quarter pole timer flashed :28.4. Meanwhile, Michelle "The Belle"Ruvola and Better Call Saul, who started from post seven, got caught on the limb and they remained parked-out the entire mile. As the field passed the half in :58.4 Nashville Holiday was cutting the fractions and Santini tight on Keidel's back in the two hole. The order remained the same among the top two as Bob "Lumberman" Troyer moved Sneaky Sam into third place as they trotted by the three quarters in 1:29.4. Down the lane Keidel put the pedal to the metal and Nashville Holiday opened up a 2-1/2 length lead which he held over Santini all the way to the wire. Despite being parked all the way Better Call Saul chugged home for a third place finish. After five second place finishes and four thirds in 16 trips to post this season the seventeenth was a charm for Nashville Holiday who paid $5.80 for win. The 5-year-old altered son of SJ's Caviar is owned by Jeffrey and Toni Arvin and trained by Jeff Brewer. For Gregg Keidel, who has driven sparingly over the past decade, this marked his l04th winning drive. by John Manzi, for the Billings Series        

Northfield Park hosts both the Ohio Fair Championships and its annual Pinktober "Pace for the Cure" to raise awareness for breast cancer as part of a 16-race program this Saturday (October 20). The eight $25,000 Ohio Fair Championships feature the top harness racing earners from Ohio's numerous county fairs throughout the summer. The "Pace for the Cure" is part of "Pinktober," a month-long effort to raise funds to fight breast cancer, at the Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park. The race features nine female drivers and is the evening's eighth race. Among the participants are 2016 Pinktober winner Tabitha Canaar and last year's champion Jayne Weller. Jayne is the daughter of June Weller, the first female to ever drive in harness racing's crown jewel, the Little Brown Jug. The race's other participants include: Renee Bauslaugh, Mary Birkhold, Christina Evans, Sierra Graham, Emily Hay, Laurie Stark and Rosy Weaver. Added to the normal wagering on the "Pace for the Cure" the purchase of raffle tickets are encouraged. These tickets are $1 each or six tickets for $5. Tickets are placed into bags that correspond with each female driver. All tickets from the winning bag will be entered into a drawing for a host of prizes. A silent auction will also be conducted with proceeds supporting breast cancer research. In addition to exciting racing action, the evening will also offer guests a $14.95 buffet in Lady Luck's clubhouse dining room from 6-9 p.m. 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 p.m. Other action trackside includes FREE-to-play Bingo with a $500 top-prize, T-Shirt tosses throughout the evening, Kid Zone (face painting, balloon artist and prize wheel) from 6 - 8 p.m., Corn Hole from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m., Driver Autograph Table from 6 - 9 p.m., and Putt-Putt Challenge 8 - 9 p.m. First race post time is 6 p.m. Admission and parking are always FREE at Northfield Park. by Ayers Ratliff, for Northfield Park

It took only three nights for Northfield Park's newest wager, the 20¢ Northfield Single Six (a single combination Pick-6) to be solved. One better cashed in for $6,426.68. The bet offers a low 14 percent takeout rate and began Saturday (Oct. 13). The 20¢ wager is expected to offer handicappers large jackpots by carrying over 50 percent of its nightly pool until it is solved by a single combination. The wager is offered nightly in Race-9. Other multi-race wagers will be shifted so that the nightly Pick-5 will begin in race 2 and the Pick-3 will start in races five, eight and 12. by Ayers Ratliff, for Northfield Park

Columbus, OH --- The U.S. Trotting Association and Northfield Park are pleased to announce that they have reached a settlement of the dispute between the two parties that began in June 2017. "We've very pleased with the outcome and look forward to a renewed and improved relationship with Northfield Park," said USTA Executive Vice President and CEO Mike Tanner. Northfield Park's membership has been reinstated and the track's director restored to the USTA Board of Directors. In addition, the track is able to participate in the USTA Strategic Wagering Program, is eligible for co-advertising opportunities and has all Pathway account access returned. Additionally, the USTA already has begun to post on its website press releases from Northfield Park that serve to publicize the track and its racing. "We are excited along with our fans and horsemen to once again be working with the USTA and all the great initiatives that they provide," commented Northfield Park's Vice President and General Manager Brent Reitz. Northfield Park has also agreed to make a charitable donation before the end of the year to the newly formed Standardbred Transition Alliance, which is an industry-wide group created to accredit programs serving Standardbreds seeking placement outside traditional commercial uses and also serves as a conduit for partial funding to those groups. From the USTA Communications Department  

Northfield, Ohio---Patience is a virtue that usually pays dividends. Just ask Steve "You're Never Too Oldford, who won the mid-west region Billings trot with Kaffir Kemp Sunday evening (Oct. 14) at Northfield Park. "We left from the three-hole and settled down along the pylons and watched patiently as Gregg Keidel (with Nashville Holiday) got in an early speed duel with Tim Miller (Ona Dream) and after they slugged it out we came late and picked up all the pieces and went on to an easy victory." In that contest "Tiny Tim"Miller and Ona Dream scooted to the lead from post position two and then they had company in the presence of Nashville Holiday and Gregg "Fast Greggy" Keidel for the rest of the mile. The two raced side-by-side past the first stanza in :28 and were still like a team as they trotted by the halfway point in :57.1. Oldford said there was a lot of talk between the drivers of the two leaders but he couldn't make it out and just was happy that they kept a fast pace while he enjoyed cover all the way. Ona Dream, on the inside, and Nashville Holiday ,stalking him on the outside, were still one-two as they trotted by the three quarters in 1:28 . But Oldford was getting anxious to move. And that happened on the final turn when Steve pulled to go around the leaders and Kaffir Kemp scooted immediately the front. At the top of the lane Oldford had four lengths on his competition as Kaffir Kemp headed for paydirt. At the wire the extent of victory was six lengths as time flashed 1:58.1. While Ona Dream faded on the final turn amazingly Nashville Holiday hung tough despite an overland trip and finished second. Third place went to Buckeye Patty, driven by "Marvelous Marvin" Raber. "The Billings will be back here at Northfield Park on the next two Sundays, and we have to thank director of racing, Dave Bianconi for that ," Oldford said, and then added, "Dave is a great proponent of amateur racing." Kaffir Kemp, a veteran 9-year-old Angus Hall gelding, is owned by Oldford Racing and trained by Terry Deters. For Oldford, the vice president of the CKG Billings Amateur Driving Series, it was his 141st lifetime victory. Currently with three consecutive driving victories Oldford is among the leaders for Amateur Driver of the Year honors. He sports a .314 UDRS on the strength of 11 wins, eight seconds and 12 third place finishes in 62 trips to post. by John Manzi, for the Billings Series  

Ohio Sires Stakes Champion Baron Remy prevailed against Grand Circuit stock in Saturday's $125,000 Courageous Lady at Northfield Park. Her 1:51.3 effort made her the fastest sophomore filly to ever pace a mile on the Flying Turns. Baron Remy was driven by Chris Page and led her competition gate-to-wire through fractions of :27.2, :56.4, 1:24.1 and 1:51.3, besting her competition by a full length. "It says a lot for our Ohio-breds to step-up like this and win against open company," stated Page. Ron Burke, harness racing's leading trainer, conditions Baron Remy for owners Burke Racing Stable, Silva, Purnel & Libby, Lawrence Karr and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. The victory is Burke's fifth win of this event in the last six years, scoring with Charisma Hanover in 2013, Fiyonce in 2014, Sassa Hanover in 2015 and Rosemary Rose in 2017. Completing the field were Cult Icon, Wisdom Tree, Strong Opinion, Bad Girls Rule, Aims Whisper, Kitty Kitty Hawk and Dragon Lady Art. Baron Remy (Yankee Cruiser-Riley Character-Shady Character) now has eight wins in 24 lifetime starts. Saturday's victory increased her career bankroll to $465,010. She returned $4.00 to win. In the preceding event, Foiled Again, harness racing's richest horse and the only three-time Battle of Lake Erie Champion made his final start over the Flying Turns. He finished second, pushing his career bankroll in excess of $7.6 million. by Ayers Ratliff, for Northfield Park

The final session of the 2018 Ohio Sires Stakes season wrapped up Saturday night, October 13 at Northfield Park with eight $60,000 consolation divisions for 2- and 3-year-old trotters and pacers of both genders. Driver Aaron Merriman captured three of the eight OSS events, while Ronnie Wrenn, Jr., won two of the $60,000 contests. Merriman took the first event with an easy, 1:57.2 front-stepping performance aboard 2-5 Bella's Rose Power, a freshman daughter by Triumphant Caviar co-owned and trained by Chris Beaver in the 2-year-old filly trot. Bella's Rose Power upped her earnings to $80,135 with the victory, her second in nine starts. She is owned in partnership with Beaver, along with breeder Marion Beachy, J. Gallagher and Steve Zeehandelar. The talented reinsman next guided 6-5 Infrontandforgetit to a perfect-trip scoring 1:58 mile for trainer Jim Arledge Jr. in the 3-year-old filly trot. The sophomore Dontyouforgetit lass sat behind the pace-setting 6-5 To Russia (Ryan Stahl) until the wire, when she overpowered rival Bugs MVP (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) by a neck to notch her sixth career win. Lifetime, Infrontandforgetit has $95,726 in her coffers for G. & W. Buckey, M. McLoughlin and Spring Mill Ventures. Merriman returned to the Northfield winner's circle with 1-5 favorite Yankee Boots, a Steve Carter trainee in the 2-year-old colt and gelding pace. The son of Yankee Cruiser used wire-to-wire tactics to capture his tenth start in 15 tries in 1:53.2 for the partnership of Carter, Grubbs, Carter & Whitacre, finishing a neck ahead of the hard-trying 7-2 Seattle Hanover (Chris Page). Yankee Boots now has $123,010 in earnings from this latest victory. Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.'s first score came with 6-1 Bad Sammie in the 2-year-old filly pace. The freshman Big Bad John lass picked a perfect time to break her maiden in 1:55.3 for Patty Roth and Alan Keith. Trained by Mike Roth, Bad Sammie pushed her lifetime bankroll to $60,065 as she finished half a length in front of even-money favorite Officially My Way (Jason Thompson). Wrenn, Jr., next reined 9-5 favorite Dragonology to victory in the 3-year-old colt and gelding pace for trainer Ronnie Burke and owners Country Club Acres, Joe Sbrocco and Aws Stables. Dragonology took the lead from the start and never looked back, in front at ever quarter pole throughout the mile. The sophomore gelded son by Dragon Again took his second seasonal win and fourth lifetime victory in 1:53.1, and now has $158,167 in earnings. Canadian reinsman Anthony MacDonald steered 2-1 Westfiftysecond to a front-stepping 1:58 victory in the 2-year-old colt and gelding trot for trainer Jason McGinnis and Thestable Westfiftysecond. The gregarious youngster was 7½ lengths in front at the wire and now has $54,832 in his lifetime coffers for his owners, who comprise a group of 31 partners. The Doug Rine trained and co-owned 1-5 favorite Dance Withsomebody had no problem establishing his dominance in the 3-year-old colt and gelding trot with Robin Miller aboard. The Dejarmbro gelding was clocked in 1:56.1 and was never challenged throughout the one mile test. He's now earned $122,512 for Rine and co-owners Richard and Thomas Rine. The 3-year-old filly pace provided fans with a heart-stopping finish as 9-5 Princess Rougarou and driver Chris Page stopped the clock in 1:53.2 with a come-from-behind effort. The homebred Big Bad John lass is owned, trained and was bred by George Hensley, Jr., and upped her earnings to $119,652 with her seventh lifetime win in 31 starts. by Kimberly Rinker, OSDF Administrator  

The Ohio Sires Stakes Consolations for 2- and 3-year-old trotters and pacers of both genders will be contested this Saturday evening, Oct. 13, at Northfield Park. First race post time is 6 pm, ET. The day features a full realm of Buckeye State racing, with Thoroughbreds spotlighted at nearby Jack Thistledown, as they break from the Cleveland gait in five $150,000 stakes for Ohio-bred runners. Freshmen and sophomore Standardbreds not eligible to the $275,000 OSS Championships on Sept. 7 at Scioto Downs, have a chance to redeem themselves via these eight $60,000 OSS Consolations. These youngsters may have captured an OSS leg during the past season but failed to garner enough points to enter the rich Championships. Thus, by virtue of their points earned, the remaining top eight horses will now vie in the final OSS contests of the 2018 season. Bella's Rose Power is one such filly. This Chris Beaver trainee garnered checks in three of her four OSS legs for owners Beaer, Gallagher, Beachy and Zeehandelar. The Triumphant Caviar lass comes into the 2-year-old filly trot (Race 1) with $50,135 in her coffers and a mark of 1:58 taken in an overnight score at Scioto Downs on Sept. 5. TC's Best and Ilooklikeanallstar both won an OSS leg early in the season. These two are the standouts in the 2-year-old colt trot (Race 3). TC's Best won his first leg for trainer and co-owner Chris Beaver, but was less successful the remainder of the season, earning $29,043. Ilooklikeanallstar, won his OSS second leg in 1:58.1 at Scioto in his only check-earning effort of the series for trainer Kim Dailey and owner Virginia Powell. This son of Ilooklikemymom has earnings of $34,286 from two wins in nine starts. Dragonfly, a Dragon Again filly, was fourth and fifth in the first two OSS legs in her division, then didn't start in the last two legs. Trained by Chris McGuire, Dragonfly comes into the 2-year-old filly pace (Race 4) with a five-race win streak intact and $38,535 in her coffers. Likewise, Officially My Way is riding a four-race win streak as she paces into this consolation for trainer/owner Ron Randall. This Art Official distaff has $43,263 in earnings from 10 wins in 16 starts, and although she failed to win an OSS leg, did garner third, fourth and fifth-place checks in the three legs in which she participated. Yankee Boots finished a solid second in the fourth OSS leg for 2-year-old pacing colts, then promptly won his last three events, including the $40,000 Buckeye Stallion Series Final (BSS) one week ago. This Yankee Cruiser gelding starts from post three (Race 6) for trainer Steve Carter. He has nine wins in 14 starts and $93,010 for owners Carter, Grubbs, Carter and Whitacre. To Russia notched checks in all four of her OSS starts for trainer Scott Cox, and just missed getting into the Championship. However, she did win a series of Ohio Fair Stakes, earning $66,302 this year to date. The daughter of Manofmanymissions heads up the 3-year-old filly consolation (Race 5). Infrontandforgetit finished third in her lone OSS start, and since captured a $15,000 BSS division and the $40,000 BSS Final at Northfield last week for trainer Jim Arledge, Jr. This winner of $65,726 lifetime starts from the rail in this same event. The 3-year-old colt and gelding trot (Race 7) appears to be a wide-open race, with the Hugh Beatty-trained and driven Secret Bro garnering the slight nod. This Dejarmbro gelding was unraced as a freshman and was fourth and third in his first two OSS legs before opting out of the last two contests. He scored in a $15,000 BSS leg and was third in the BSS Final. Secret Bro is owned by Stephen Sexton and has $38,855 in his bankroll from three wins, two seconds and four thirds in 16 starts this year. Sweetnfamous hails from post two for trainer Virgil Morgan in the 3-year-old filly pace (Race 8). This Yankee Cruiser sophomore skipped her first OSS leg, then was third, fourth and second in the remaining legs for the Let It Ride Stables of Boca Raton, Fl. Though she's had only four wins in 17 starts this season, Sweetnfamous sports a healthy bankroll of $87,651 for her connections. Trainer Ronnie Burke sends out a one-two punch in the 3-year-old colt and gelding pace (Race 9) with Super Pac Hanover and Dragonology. The former gets the benefit of the rail, while the latter has drawn the six-hole. Super Pac Hanover is a $42,550-earning gelding, while Dragonology has $128,167 earned lifetime-both by the ill-fated Dragon Again. Another son of Dragon Again, the Kimberly Dailey-conditioned Drew The Dragon, also is worth watching in here. The winner of $70,338 comes into this race fresh off a win in a Dayton overnight on Oct. 4 in 1:52.2. by Kimberly Rinker, OSDF Administrator             Kimberly Rinker   OSDF Administrator   Ohio State Racing Commission   77 South High Sreet, 18th Floor   Columbus, Ohio 43215   614-779-0269   Kim.rinker@racing.ohio.gov      

Northfield Park is introducing something new to its wagering menu, the 20¢ Northfield Single Six (a unique ticket Pick 6). The bet offers a low 14% takeout rate and will be begin nightly in Race 9 starting this Saturday, October 13. The 20¢ wager is expected to offer handicappers large jackpots by carrying over 50% of its nightly pool until it is solved by a unique single ticket. Saturday's program will also introduce a second Pick 4. The Early Pick 4 will begin in Race 7 and the Late Pick 4 will start in Race 11. Other multi-race wagers will be shifted so that the nightly Pick 5 will begin in Race 2 and the Pick 3s will start in races 5, 8 and 12. In addition to a new wagering format, Saturday night, October 13, will feature a card with over $600,000 in purses, including the $125,000 Courageous Lady for three-year-old filly pacers and eight $60,000 Ohio Sires Stakes consolation events. The evening will also see harness racing's richest horse Foiled Again race on the program in his final race over the Flying Turns. by Ayers Ratliff, for Northfield Park

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  

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