Search Results
1 to 16 of 833
1 2 3 4 5 Next »

Harness racing driver Ronnie Wrenn Jr. made his 3,000th trip to the winner's circle after winning with Say It Again Sam in Northfield Park's fifteenth race on Wednesday (February 3). Wrenn led at every call with Say It Again Sam, eventually besting his competition by 4-1/4 lengths. The 1:58.1 clocking was the 13th career score for the six year-old pacer, who returned $2.60 to win. The 29-year-old Wrenn began driving in 2008. His 3,000 wins have helped him garner almost $14 million in purse earnings. He won the 2013 and 2014 national dash driving titles and finished second in 2015. Wrenn is a 2005 graduate of Hartland High School in Hartland, Mich. He played center field for and graduated from Mott Community College in Flint. Although Wrenn comes from a racing family, he did not take an interest and become involved with horses at an early age. "I was 19 or 20 when I jogged my first horse. I was always really busy with sports and stuff," said Wrenn. "I didn't really have time for it." However, after weighing his options and slowly becoming more interested with the family business, Ronnie decided on a career in racing. "I was just sitting at the table working on stuff from school on my computer one night and looked up and told my dad I wanted to be a driver. He looked at me like I was crazy. But I was old enough that he really didn't have a lot of say, and so far it has all worked out pretty well." Wrenn has found success and has been a regular to the winner's circle since his very first time behind the starting gate. He won his first race, aboard Artful Power in a $1,400 Billings race at a Michigan fair. "It was hard breaking in at first. I guess I got lucky to be put on some good horses and things just took off," offered Wrenn. "My parents and grandparents really helped me a lot as well as countless other people." Wrenn's fasted and richest win ever came in last year's $225,000 Jim Ewart Memorial at Scioto Downs with Doo Wop Hanover in 1:49.2. He rates the best horses he has ever driven as Arch Madness, Betterluvnexttime, Doo Wop Hanover, Luck Be Withyou, Night Pro and Victory Is Coming. Ronnie's favorite horse to drive is Victory Is Coming. Her 1:53.3 world record performance on July 3, 2015 at Northfield Park stands as Wrenn's favorite of his 3,000 victories. He was most impressed with her effort in that race because she won despite being parked the entire mile. Ronnie credits several people as having large influences on his life and career. Along with his father and uncles, "My mom is my biggest fan and has been more supportive than anyone could even imagine. I am also very lucky to have Briana (his girlfriend) and my two sisters, Sandy and Katie." Wrenn says his ultimate dream race to win would be the Little Brown Jug, "But I would take the feature races at Northfield too. I am a big fan of the Battle of Lake Erie and the Milstein Memorial," said Wrenn. "There are many owners and trainers that have given me opportunities and I will be forever grateful to them," offered Wrenn. "To win races, a driver has to drive fast horses for talented trainers with good owners." Although this milestone victory came in a $4,600 condition race, Wrenn was happy to win a milestone victory with a horse conditioned by Virgil Morgan Jr. "Virgil was one of the very first trainers in Ohio to use me and give me a chance with nice horses. He really helped jump start the success I have had." Ayers Ratliff

Freehold, NJ --- There might be some debate about the origin of his name, but there is no arguing that Viewlander enjoys the brisk days of winter. An 8-year-old male trotter --- who didn’t make his harness racing career debut until November of his 4-year-old season --- Viewlander is 3-for-3 this year at Ohio’s Northfield Park and approaching $100,000 in lifetime purses. Bred and owned by Michael Patalan and trained by Patalan’s son, Eric, the gelded Viewlander has won 21 of 90 career races, but enjoyed much of his success during the months of December, January, and February. Going back to December 2014, Viewlander has raced 15 times during those months and produced 10 victories. Viewlander’s most recent win came on Jan. 18 by two lengths in the Open Handicap at Northfield’s half-mile oval. His next start is Monday in the Open Handicap at Northfield, where he will leave from post eight with driver Aaron Merriman and is the 4-1 second choice on the morning line behind S J Better Days, at 7-2. “If you look at his races, almost everybody is on Lasix but him,” Michael Patalan said. “That to me is a real special horse. You would think in the wintertime he wouldn’t be breathing as good, but he seems to thrive in the winter months. Last year he got hot about this time. We gave him the summer months off and he just enjoyed the sun and the grass and then we brought him back and he seems to be getting better with every start. “And I think he kind of likes the fact he can push horses around on the small tracks (like Northfield). I told my son after last week that Viewlander probably thinks he’s the best horse in the world right now.” Viewlander was unraced at ages 2 and 3, but Patalan liked the trotter from the beginning. “Eric doesn’t push them as 2-year-olds,” Patalan said. “If he can get them racing and sell them as 3- and 4-year-olds, we’re sort of happy to do that. But Viewlander was spectacular from birth. He’s just a nice horse. He eats well, loads well, ships well, and doesn’t need a veterinarian. What more could you ask for. “He gets turned out all the time. He’s got a couple of girlfriends in the field that he loves to yell at, even though he’s a gelding. We’re having a good time with him. When he retires, we’ll keep him as a fun horse in the field for the grandkids to play with. When you make this kind of money with a horse, we’re not a big stable or big breeders, that’s a lot of money for a breeder like us to make and it keeps the farm going for a while. So when he’s finished we’ll let the kids enjoy him.” Patalan got his start in harness racing in 1969 while living in the suburbs of Cleveland. He was an engineer for Ford and would go to the races with co-workers, but ventured into ownership after becoming friends with Burton “Bud” Jenne, who had a farm nearby. “I drove by his farm for like five months and all of a sudden one day my car turned in the driveway,” Patalan said with a laugh. “Six months later, we had a yearling.” Patalan now lives in Michigan, where he and his wife Christine have a farm and have bred more than 100 horses over the years. Patalan also has driven and trained horses during his career in harness racing. Viewlander, by the stallion Coventry, is the only offspring of Patalan’s Tagliabue mare Tagliaview --- at least for now. The 73-year-old Patalan has bred fewer horses in recent years as opportunities in Michigan diminished. But Viewlander’s success led Patalan to breed Tagliaview in 2015 to stallion Cash Hall, who is the fastest trotter in harness racing on a half-mile racetrack, with a time-trial mark of 1:51.1. “I thought that was really kind of cool,” Patalan said. “Viewlander has got a great conformation. He’s a big horse who gets around a half-mile track extremely well. With Cash Hall’s record, I just thought this was really something special. “Everybody always asks where Viewlander’s brothers and sisters are, and now I tell them one is coming.” As for the trotter’s name, Patalan recalls it being a combination of Tagliaview and Verlander --- the star pitcher for the Detroit Tigers. Others disagree, saying it was a combination of Tagliaview and the movie Zoolander. The Patalans have often named horses with references to movies or characters from movies. “We probably had a bottle of wine when we named him, one of those things,” Patalan said, laughing. “I don’t think we’re ever going to resolve it.” Patalan said Eric, who is assisted by his wife Cathy in running the training stable, has received calls inquiring whether Viewlander is for sale. Patalan said no. “We couldn’t get enough money for him to replace the fun we’re having with him,” Patalan said. “As good a care that Eric takes of horses, I think he’s got a career that’ll go a long time.” by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications

Akron, NY --- Tuesday is the deadline for nominations for the 2015 Caretaker of the Year Award. The award, sponsored by Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park in conjunction with the United States Harness Writers Association, recognizes the unsung heroes of the sport --- the caretakers who maintain the health and welfare of the horses on a daily basis. Any caretaker working for any stable in North America is eligible. All that is needed to nominate is a letter or e-mail from an individual or group detailing the skills and special qualities of the caretaker. Initially titled Groom of the Year Award when first presented in 1982, the honor was instituted as a result of a speech given by Delvin Miller at the annual Harness Tracks of America meeting when Miller received HTA's Stanley F. Bergstein Messenger Award. Previously sponsored annually by HTA and Hanover Shoe Farms, the tradition now continues. The HRRNP Caretaker of the Year will receive a cash prize of $500, a trophy, and transportation costs to the USHWA Dan Patch Awards Banquet in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., on Sunday evening (March 6), where he or she will be recognized for the achievement. The winner also will enjoy a two-night stay at the host hotel for the USHWA activities, as well as two complimentary dinner tickets. "We are proud to join with Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park in resuming this prestigious honor," said USHWA President Chris Tully. "We encourage owners, trainers and other stakeholders to support it by nominating the many worthy individuals who work in our great sport." The winner will be chosen by a seven-person selection committee comprised of USHWA members, all of whom are former caretakers: Tim Bojarski (chair), Tom Charters, Moira Fanning, Dean Hoffman, Rob Pennington, Kim Rinker and Shawn Wiles. All nomination letters and e-mails must be received and/or postmarked by Tuesday, Jan. 12, and sent to chair Bojarski at: Tim Bojarski, 7523 Maple Road, Akron, NY 14001, a159star@gmail.com. The U.S. Harness Writers Association/Northfield Park

Harness racing driver Aaron Merriman, the 2015 North American Dash winner, has continued his winning ways into 2016. After posting three wins on Friday (January 1), Merriman had a monster night on Saturday (January 2) at Northfield Park by posting eight wins on the 15-race program. Merriman's triumphs were with Lady Ideal ($2.10) in race three, King Richard ($9.20) in race six, Talbotcreek Armani ($3.80) in race eight, Bob N Tony ($3.00) in race nine, Giddy Up Blackfly ($3.00) in race 10, Viewlander ($2.10) in race 11, Love You Bad ($11.20) in race 14 and Blessing Stone (2.40) in race 15. Merriman garnered 873 victories in 2015, which placed him 41 wins in front of any other driver in North America. Aaron is also the winningest driver in the history of Northfield Park, where he became the youngest inductee to the track's Wall of Fame in 2013 at age 36. Merriman has been driving since 1998. He is nearing 8,000 career wins and has over $45 million in purse earnings. Ayers Ratliff

Ronnie Wrenn Jr. again topped the local harness racing driving ranks in 2015, winning 653 races over the Flying Turns. His nearest competitor, Aaron Merriman, drove 579 winners. Jason Merriman (338), Ryan Stahl (210) and Kurt Sugg (199) completed the top five reinsmen. Wrenn, 29, resides in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio and now has four driving titles under his belt. He won the dash titles at Northfield Park in 2013 and 2014 and Northville Downs in 2013. Ronnie's 2015 total victory tally was 796, which ranked him third among all drivers in North America. Only Aaron Merriman (873) and George Napolitano Jr. (832) had more wins in 2015 than Wrenn Jr. Wrenn began driving in 2008 and has since won 2,968 races and purses of $13,731,914. Wrenn's fasted and richest win ever came in last year's $225,000 Jim Ewart Memorial at Scioto Downs aboard Doo Wop Hanover in 1:49.2. Northfield Park's 2015 leading trainer Brian Loney won 54 more races than any other local conditioner. He garnered 153 victories throughout last year. Sam Schillaci finished second with 99 wins. Michael Dowdall (86), Jessica Millner (70) and Andy Rickert (67) rounded out the top five Northfield Park trainers for 2015. Brian, originally from Hager Hill, Kentucky, has relocated to Northfield, Ohio. He and wife Harla Renae have three children: 15 year-old son Gannun, 11 year-old son Payton and six year-old daughter Polly. Loney, 37, has 1,330 career victories and purse earnings of $3,241,750. The 2015 Northfield title is the fourth local dash victory for Brian. He has also won titles at Bluegrass Downs, Fairmount Park, The Red Mile and Thunder Ridge. Brian recalled that his first training win was with the gelding pacer Stealth Fighter at Fairmount Park in 1996. Wrenn and Loney will each be presented with a plaque and dining gift certificate to the Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park in a winner's circle ceremony later in January. Ayers Ratliff      

Northfield Park has announced the addition of Michael Carter to its management staff. Carter begins full-time employment on Monday, December 28, 2015, and will fulfill a variety of key roles throughout the facility.  Besides his primary duties of Assistant Director of Mutuels, the versatile 27 year-old will work closely with the marketing, promotions and communications departments and as the back-up announcer to veteran Ayers Ratliff, for whom he has filled in occasionally since February, 2014.   “We are fortunate to bring someone like Michael on board,” said Brent Reitz, Northfield Park’s vice President & General Manager. “His knowledge, work ethic, enthusiasm and youthful outlook will help Northfield grow for years to come.” Carter became interested in racing when he was very young, attending the races with his father.  Inspired by The Meadowlands’ Sam McKee and Woodbine’s Ken Middleton, he soon developed a special focus on race-calling.    In 2012 Michael began working at the Shenandoah County Fair in Virginia as the assistant race secretary and announcer.  Since then he has filled in as the announcer at Colonial Downs, Fort Erie, Hazel Park, Northfield Park and Rosecroft Raceway. In 2013 Carter landed the announcer’s job at Buffalo Raceway.  In addition to calling the action on the track, he fulfilled numerous duties in the mutuel office and assisted the simulcast department.    "I am excited to be joining Northfield Park,” offered Carter.  “It is a tremendous opportunity to work with a talented team that aggressively promotes harness racing in Ohio and across North America.”  Ayers Ratliff 

There is still time to send in nominations for the 2015 Caretaker of the Year Award. The award, sponsored by Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park in conjunction with the United States Harness Writers Association (USHWA), recognizes the unsung heroes of the sport -- the harness racing caretakers who maintain the health and welfare of the horses on a daily basis. Initially titled Groom of the Year Award when first presented in 1982, the honor was instituted as a result of a speech given by Delvin Miller at the annual Harness Tracks of America meeting when Miller received HTA's Stanley F. Bergstein Messenger Award. Previously sponsored annually by HTA and Hanover Shoe Farms, the tradition now continues. The HRRNP Caretaker of the Year will receive a cash prize of $500, a trophy, and transportation costs to the USHWA Dan Patch Awards Banquet in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on Sunday evening, March 6, where he or she will be recognized for the achievement. The winner also will enjoy a two-night stay at the host hotel for the USHWA activities, as well as two complimentary dinner tickets. "We are proud to join with Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park in resuming this prestigious honor," said USHWA President Chris Tully. "We encourage owners, trainers and other stakeholders to support it by nominating the many worthy individuals who work in our great sport." Any caretaker working for any stable in North America is eligible. All that is needed to nominate is a letter or email from an individual or group detailing the skills and special qualities of the caretaker. The winner will be chosen by a seven-person selection committee comprised of USHWA members, all of whom are former caretakers: Tim Bojarski (chair), Tom Charters, Moira Fanning, Dean Hoffman, Rob Pennington, Kim Rinker and Shawn Wiles. All nomination letters and emails must be received and/or postmarked by Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016, and sent to chair Bojarski at: Tim Bojarski 7523 Maple Road Akron, NY 14001 a159star@gmail.com      

Northfield Park, Ohio's leading racetrack in pari-mutuel handle, both on-track and export, is offering live harness racing four nights a week to start the 2016 racing year. January through September racing is Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday. The exceptions to this schedule are the addition of Friday, January 1, and three Sundays (May 29, July 3 and September 4). There is no live racing on Memorial Day, Fourth of July and Labor Day Mondays. Beginning October 7 Northfield adds Friday evenings and will race five nights a week until the end of the ear. Thursday (December 22) will replace Christmas Eve Saturday, while Thursday (December 29) will replace racing on New Year's Eve Saturday. Northfield Park's marquee racing events are as follows: $200,000 Battle of Lake Erie Saturday, May 21; $175,000 Cleveland Trotting Classic Saturday, July 2; $400, 000 Carl Milstein Memorial and $50,000 Myron Charna President's Pace Saturday, August 13; and $125,000 Courageous Lady Saturday, November 26. Ohio Super Night, with eight $250,000 Ohio Sires Stakes Championships on tap, will be contested over the Flying Turns on Saturday, September 3. With total purses approaching $2.1 million on the evening, it will be the richest card of horse racing ever conducted in Northeastern Ohio. The always popular $125,000 (est.) Summit County Fair Stakes, featuring many of Ohio's best freshman and sophomore trotters and pacers, will be held on Saturday, July 30. Each of the 222 live racing nights, up from 215 this year, carries a first race post time of 6:00 p.m. Northfield Park is open daily from mid-morning until after midnight for simulcasting action from tracks across the United States, Canada and Australia. Ayers Ratliff

Louisville, KY --- She is enjoying her best harness racing season yet, will be gunning for her third consecutive triumph on Saturday (Dec. 26) at Northfield Park and has been a valued member of the Schillaci barn for four years, but when Sam and Jodi purchased Get Your Armor his dad was madder than a hornet. In fact, the transaction that procured her was one big, giant mistake. “My father had more than a few choice words for me,” said Sam Schillaci, the mare’s trainer/driver. “We bought her for $13,000 at the Harrisburg Sale and then found out we bought the wrong horse. What made matters even worse was when we got back to her stall to look at her she was completely toed-in on her front legs. It was not just a cosmetic thing, but a serious problem. Fortunately, Murray Brown was kind enough to allow us to put her through the sale again and my dad refused to take less than a $1,000 loss on her, so we bought her back for $12,000.” A daughter of American Ideal and the Nihilator mare Mystic Money, Get Your Armor is the 2-1 morning line favorite in the $13,000 Filly and Mare Open Pace at Northfield Park on Saturday. The 5-year-old mare will have to contend with post position eight and eight rivals as she attempts to break the $100,000 mark for purse money earned in 2015. Schillaci, who recorded his 3,000th driving victory on May 4 over the same oval, will be holding the lines for her mile journey. “She really enjoys the speed of the races here at Northfield Park,” Schillaci said. “They go fast fractions in front early on and that is the way she likes to race. She tends to be hot and it is hard to hold her. At Northfield the pace suits her so that is not a problem. She generally does well here.” Get Your Armor sports a career record of 102-16-21-18, has collected $185,549 and paced her swiftest mile of 1:52.4 on Dec. 11. She has improved each year with $8,718 in the bank from six miles as a freshman, $22,514 from 23 starts as a sophomore, $58,822 from 32 voyages to the gate as a 4-year-old and $95,495 from 41 trips to the post this year. “After we bought her back and realized we were going to keep her I really started looking into her pedigree,” Schillaci said. “It is absolutely outstanding and full of class.” The Ohio native is referring to her dam, who made just shy of $140,000 during her days of competition, and her siblings. Get Your Armor is a half-sibling to Money Sign (Life Sign, $123,573), Mystic Art (Artsplace, $421,903) and Mystic Gold (Artsplace, $199,794). From the 12 foals Mystic Money has produced only three have not won a race, one of which died, and only two, including that foal, have no money on their card. Mystic Art and Mystic Gold cost $210,000 and $145,000, respectively, as yearlings. Racy Kathy, who is by Race Time, is Get Your Armor’s granddam and while she never made it to the races, she produced four $100,000 winners. Despite this mare’s defective conformation and tendency to always want her way, she has always performed like a horse with no physical flaws. “When we were training her down people would not want to jog next to her because they were afraid she would take them out,” Schillaci said. “That is how bad of a paddle she has to her stride. She is so pigeon-toed there has been no way to correct it. Even when you watch a head on view of her in her races, you can see how awful her stride looks. “It has never ever caused a problem for her though. She has not allowed it to. We have never had one problem physically with her and she has never caused us to have any vet bills. It’s really quite shocking for a horse that has that issue. I’ve never seen anything like her.” Although she will have paced 42 pari-mutuel trips this year, Schillaci has not determined when or if Get Your Armor will receive a break from racing. “She has literally raced for two years straight,” he said. “I’ve tried to give her a break and she’s never wanted one. She is really enjoying what she is doing right now and doesn’t want to stop. In fact, she lets us know she will have none of it. I know it’s unusual to race a horse for that long, but if time off is not what she wants to do, then she will continue to race. “There a lot of things about his mare that are unusual though. She has overcome so much adversity just to make the races, let alone make almost $200,000. We are very, very proud of what she has accomplished and look forward to see what she will continue to do. They always say classy horses can overcome anything that is thrown at them and this mare is a prime example of that.” by Kimberly French, USTA Web Newsroom Senior Correspondent

Harness racing driver Aaron Merriman finally made it back to the top of the 2015 North American driving win standings on Tuesday - but at Northfield last night, it was more a rollercoaster ride than a smooth progression to the top.   With the score starting the day at 832-830, Merriman two victories behind George Napolitano Jr. (who yesterday reiterated to the Daily Racing Form's Derick Giwner that he did not plan to drive again this year), Merriman first went to work in the afternoon at The Meadows, where he narrowed the lead to one with a victory with trotter Pathian in the day's fifth race. (Pathian would make quite a story herself, as she raced three times in four days at the State Fair of West Virginia in August - and set five track records, including lowering the half-miler's all-time standard to 2:01.1.) Merriman drove through the 13th at The Meadows, then headed to Northfield and his date with destiny.   Arriving at the Cleveland-area track in time for the sixth race, Merriman started his evening action with a third - and then the ride on the rollercoaster began. In the seventh, Aaron utilized the rail to work out a pocket trip with second-choice Sand India Blu, behind favored Dayplanner. Merriman ducked his horse into the Northfield passing lane, and went to the fore 100 feet from the finish - only to have his trotter go offstride within the shadow of the wire, finishing first, but being placed second for the lapped-on break.   The next dip in the ride would come in the ninth, when Merriman never saw the rail with Mustodian, circled a parked horse to challenge on the turn and go to the lead in the stretch - only to have another Merriman, Michigander Jason, follow his move with Stardust Memories, who just got by Mustodian in the final strides for a neck victory. Still 832-831 - but that was about to change.   In the tenth race Aaron gave a textbook drive to Howabout Hanover in a claiming race for non-winners of six races lifetime, tucking fifth and watching a wild early battle result in splits of 27.3 and 55.3 in 41-degree temperatures on the twicearound. Merriman moved his horse into position behind a limbed-the-mile horse, then swept three-deep off the third turn to engage frontstepping Arrow at the 1:24.3 ¾. Late on the last turn and through the stretch, there was no question which horse had more left in the tank, as Howabout Hanover strode off to a 4½ length victory in 1:53.4 - a time only 4/5 off his lifetime mark taken at the roomy Hoosier Park earlier this year, with the mercury at 78 degrees. Merriman was again tied for the driving lead at 832 - and the horse's scattered backers marveled at collecting $18.60 on a horse rated 5-2 on the morning line.   Merriman endured a breaker in the 11th and a horse mired by dull cover in the 12th, but when opportunity knocked in the lucky 13th, he opened the door, and went inside. Literally - again working out a pocket trip, here with 9-2 shot Lock Three, Merriman went to the passing lane, and while for a second it looked like his horse wouldn't kick in fast enough in the short Northfield stretch, Aaron got a late bit-grabbing burst from Lock Three to rally for a half-length tally - 2015 victory number 833, and a lead he does not seem likely to lose until the end of the season.   If you have a chance to watch the replays of the races concerned in the drama at Northfield last night, it's worth the effort to watch Aaron Merriman's body language, and how it progressed. After the seventh race, the camera follows Merriman after the race, and you can see him briefly shake his head as he was bringing his misbehaving trotter under control. In the ninth, the shot to watch is the tight-up stretch replay, as Aaron's face goes in the stretch from reflecting faint opportunity to a grimace of certain knowledge as Merriman edged past Merriman late. In the 10th, the stretch camera shows Aaron exhibit a tight-lipped half-grin as he draws away in the lane, and in the winners enclosure, he actually waves to a couple of people upon existing.   For the historic 13th, the stretch shot shows Merriman so intent on rallying his pacer up the inside that he is a study in concentration, and he shows little emotion in Victory Lane. But stay with that replay to the very end - Northfield shows a stock picture of the winning driver after the post-race ceremonies are over, and the very last shot you'll see is of a widely-grinning Aaron Merriman. ______________________   REPHIGURING THE PHINAL PHILLY NUMBERS - George Napolitano Jr. wound up with 399 wins and a UDR of .397 after the last day of racing at Harrah's Philadelphia this past Sunday; Gil Garcia-Herrera's final numbers were 153 victories and a .438 UTR. The totals were checked in the tallying system after the Philly card, but the numbers included in Monday's story did not include the Sunday results, which had not yet gone through the system as official. (The 832 seasonal figure for "GNap," verified again the next morning along with Merriman's, is official.) We apologize - but any way you look at the figures, the two horsemen had terrific seasons at Harrah's.   Jerry Connors    

A festive and well-attended harness racing evening was made even better for the Burke Racing Stable, Panhellenic Stable, Weaver Bruscemi and Lawrence Karr, when their horse Sassa Hanover won the $120,000 Courageous Lady at Northfield Park. Trained by Ron Burke and driven by North America's leading money-winning driver, Yannick Gingras, Sassa Hanover prevailed in 1:52.1, a stake and track record performance for three-year-old filly pacers. After blasting off the gate and pressing to get the lead through a :26 opening quarter on a sloppy track, Sassa Hanvoer led unchallenged through middle fractions of :55 and 1:23.2. Turning for home Gingras enjoyed a 2-1/2 length lead but hung on by only a head over hard-charging Bettor N Better (Tim Tetrick). "I thought she (Bettor N Better) got me in the last step," said Gingras. "Sassa had to work very hard to get on top. She was tired but did everything she could to find the wire a winner." Sassa Hanover (Rock N Roll Heaven - Sayo Hanover - Allamerican Native) now has 16 wins in 34 lifetime starts. Friday's victory increased her career bankroll to $1,008,469. She went to post as the bettors' choice and returned $3.60 to win. Completing the field were Bettor N Better, Southwind Roulette, Somewhere Sweet, Purrfect Bags, Luck Be A Lindy, Triple V Hanover and Band Of Angels. Sassa Hanover $10,651.90 Carryover Sparks $40,000 Guaranteed Pick-5 Total Pool Sunday at Northfield Park Northfield Park is announcing the addition of a $40,000 Pick-5 total pool guarantee to Sunday’s (November 29) program.  Beginning in Race 3, the $40,000 Pick-5 guaranteed total pool includes a carryover of $10,651.90. Northfield’s Pick 5, Pick 4 and the Pick 3’s offer a reduced takeout rate of just 14 percent.    Sunday’s post time is 6:00 p.m. Ayers Ratliff

Grand Circuit action is in full-swing at Northfield Park on Friday (November 27) as the $120,000 Courageous Lady has drawn an impressive slate of talent. The Friday feature is an open event for North America's top 3-year-old-filly pacers and will be the 11th of a 15 race program. A $10,000 guaranteed Pick-4 pool has been added to Friday's program. The multi-race wager will begin in race eight and conclude with the Courageous Lady. The 2015 Courageous Lady Field: #1 Triple V Hanover draws the rail for trainer Brian Brown and owners Donald Robinson, King McNamara and Strollin Stable. With six wins to her credit and finishing in the top three in 12 of 22 starts, this filly has $183,228 in earnings and a career best of 1:50.3 at Pocono Downs. The daughter of Somebeachsomewhere has victories in a $60,000 leg of the Pennsylvania Sires Stakes at Pocono Downs, the $32,950 Circuit City Pace at Hoosier Park and the $32,000 All-Stars Pace at Pocono. Northfield Park's leading driver, Ronnie Wrenn Jr., has been given the driving assignment with the 7-2 morning-line second choice. #2 Southwind Roulette is one of three daughters of Somebeachsomewhere and one of two entries from the powerful Ron Burke Stable in this year's edition of the Courageous Lady. She has five lifetime successes, but is winless this year despite an impressive 11 on-the-board finishes in 17 starts. She earned her 1:51.4 mark as a freshman at Pocono Downs and has bankrolled $505,065. This filly is owned by Bradley Grant and Howard Taylor and will be driven by Matt Kakaley. Southwind Roulette was the winner of last year's $260,000 Pennsylvania Sires Stakes Final at Pocono Downs, three divisions of the Pennsylvania Sires Stakes and the $30,400 Pennsylvania All-Stars at Pocono. She enters this race off a 1:55.2 winning qualifier at The Meadows and is the field's 4-1 morning line third choice. #3 Sassa Hanover sports career earnings of $948,469. She has 33 lifetime starts with 15 wins and 24 top-three finishes. This filly is a daughter of Rock N Roll Heaven with a lifetime mark of 1:49.4 at Mohawk Raceway. Sassa Hanover, owned by the partnership of Burke Racing Stable, Panhellenic Stable and Weaver Bruscemi, is trained by Ron Burke. This year Sassa Hanover won the $151,350 Jugette and the $50,450 Jugette elimination at the Delaware County Fairgrounds, the $55,125 Adioo Volo at The Meadows, two New York Sires Stakes eliminations and the $28,350 Fan Hanover at Mohawk Raceway. She has been named the 2-1 morning line favorite and has the services of North America's leading money-winning driver, Yannick Gingras. #4 Somewhere Sweet enters this event having won two of her last three races. The daughter of Somebeachsomewhere is owned by Miller's Stable Inc. and is trained at the historic Delaware County Fairgrounds by Brian Brown. She sports $216,594 in earnings and has eight wins and 16 top-three finishes in 23 career starts. Somewhere Sweet's 1:51.1 lifetime mark just came at The Meadows on October 5. She was victorious this year in a $71,472 division of the Pennsylvania Sires Stakes at Harrah's Philadelphia, the $34,500 Keystone Classic at The Meadows and the $32,000 All-Stars Pace at Pocono Downs. Aaron Merriman has been named to drive this 10-1 morning line contender. Merriman has won more races than any other driver in Northfield Park's 58-year history and is a member of Northfield Park's Wall of Fame. #5 Bettor N Better is a newcomer to the barn of Jeffrey Bamond Jr. and owners Bamond Racing LLC. This recent purchase from Ron Burke has eight wins in 29 lifetime starts and earnings of $365,656. Her 1:51 mark was paced last year at the Red Mile. The daughter of Bettor's Delight won a $50,450 elimination of the Jugette at the Delaware County Fairgrounds and two divisions of New York Sires Stakes. Bettor N Better makes her second start for her new connections and enters the Courageous Lady after finishing third in the $173,500 Tarport Hap at the Meadowlands. The 6-1 morning line selection will be driven by Tim Tetrick. #6 Band Of Angels is owned by WJ Donovan and trained by Tony Alagna. This filly has 28 career starts, winning 12 races and finishing in the top three 19 times. Her 1:50 lifetime mark was paced earlier this year at the Meadowlands. Band Of Angels is a daughter of Rock N Roll Heaven and has career earnings of $484,038. Ryan Stahl has been listed to drive the 12-1 morning-line contender. Band Of Angels won this year's $225,000 New York Sires Stakes Final at Yonkers Raceway and three divisions of the NY Sires Stakes. #7 Luck Be A Lindy enters this event having won four of her last five starts and is one of two fillies in this event by Bettor's Delight. Her victories include the $47,750 Massachusetts Sires Stake Final at Plainridge Park, the $50,000 New York Consolation at Vernon Downs and the $25,000 USS Indianapolis Memorial at Hoosier Park. Frank Antonacci trains Luck Be A Lindy for owner Lindy Racing Stable. She has nine career wins in 20 starts and earnings of $144,797. Her 1:51 lifetime mark was paced at Vernon Downs. Jason Merriman is scheduled to pilot this 20-1 morning-line contender. #8 Purrfect Bags enters this event for owner and trainer Joann Looney-King. The daughter of Roddy's Bags Again has 10 wins in 14 starts this year. She is the only horse to have raced over The Flying Turns, posting a stellar performance and tying a track record in 1:52.3. Her victories this year include the $117,724 Lismore Final at Yonkers Raceway, the $116,430 Lady Maude at Yonkers and the $100,000 Delaware Standardbred at Harrington Raceway. This filly has a 1:51.2 lifetime mark at Harrington Raceway and earnings of $364,347. Victor Kirby is coming in to drive this 15-1 contender. Black Friday Prize Drawings will take place all night. Attendees could win $1,000 cash, a forty inch LED Insignia Roku television, and concert tickets in Hard Rock Live. Many electronics and household items will also be given away. Northfield Park's Lady Luck's Clubhouse Restaurant opens at 5:30 p.m. The restaurant is featuring a special $19.95 Courageous Lady buffet. Reservations are preferred and can be made by calling 330-467-4101. by Ayers Ratliff, for Northfield Park

The $120,000 Courageous Lady goes postward at this Friday evenings (November 27) harness racing meeting at Northfield Park. The Grand Circuit race is an open event for North America's top 3-year-old-filly pacers and has once again attracted an impressive slate of talent. This year's Jugette winner, Sassa Hanover, will start from post three and has been named the 2-1 early favorite by Northfield Park Executive Vice President of Racing and Simulcasting Dave Bianconi. A Courageous Lady victory would push Sassa Hanover's earnings in excess of $1 Million. The Ron Burke trainee has posted six victories this year, including a 1:49.4 win at Canada's Mohawk Raceway. Burke has given the driving assignment to national driving star Yannick Gingras. The morning line second choice, Triple V Hanover, has drawn the rail for trainer Brian Brown. She enters this event off a runner-up finish in the $120,000 American National at Balmoral Park and has career earnings approaching $200,000. Northfield Park's leading driver, Ronnie Wrenn Jr., has been named to pilot. Ron Burke and Brian Brown each have entered two fillies in Friday's featured event. Burke will also start Southwind Roulette, the 4-1 morning-line third choice with Matt Kakaley from post two. Brown will harness Somewhere Sweet for Aaron Merriman and carries a 10-1 morning line from post four. Below is the complete Courageous Lady field. PP  Horse  Trainer  Driver  Morning Line 1 Triple V Hanover Brian Brown Ronnie Wrenn Jr. 7-2 2 Southwind Roulette Ron Burke Matt Kakaley 4-1 3 Sassa Hanover Ron Burke Yannick Gingras 2-1 4 Somewhere Sweet Brian Brown Aaron Merriman 10-1 5 Bettor N Better Jeffrey Bamond Jr. Tim Tetrick 6-1 6 Band Of Angels Tony Alagna Ronnie Wrenn Jr. 12-1 7 Luck Be A Lindy Frank Antonacci Ronnie Wrenn Jr. 20-1 8 Purrfect Bags JoAnn Looney-King Victor Kirby 15-1 *Final drivers are due 9 p.m. on Monday, November 23. This year's Courageous Lady has been slated as race eleven on a 15-race program. A $10,000 guaranteed Pick-4 pool has been added to the night. The guaranteed Pick 4 will begin with race eight and conclude with the Courageous Lady. Black Friday Prize Drawings will take place all night. Attendees could win $1,000 cash, a forty inch LED Insignia Roku television, and concert tickets in Hard Rock Live. Many electronics and household items will also be given away. Northfield Park's Lady Luck's Clubhouse Restaurant opens at 5:30 p.m. The restaurant is featuring a special $19.95 Courageous Lady buffet. Reservations are preferred and can be made by calling 330-467-4101. Ayers Ratliff

Northfield Park is announcing the addition of a $30,000 Pick-4 total pool guarantee to Friday's (November 13) program.  Beginning in Race 8, the $30,000 Pick-4 guaranteed total pool includes a carryover of $6,437.46.  Northfield's Pick 5, Pick 4 and the Pick 3's offer a reduced takeout rate of just 14 percent.  Friday's post time is 6:00 p.m. by Ayers Ratliff, for Northfield Park  

Northfield Park has announced nine Progressive Claiming Series. "These claiming late closers are just part of the increased opportunities offered here at Northfield," said Dave Bianconi, Executive Vice President of Racing and Simulcasting. "These series give claimers a real opportunity to race for solid purses in each leg and a big money final."   Base claiming prices for the series are $5,000, $8,000 and $15,000, with those tags and purses increasing as horses compete in legs. Each of the claiming prices are offered for filly and mare pacers, horse and gelding pacers, and trotters.   A one-time $300 payment will be required of each entrant to be eligible. Payments are due by November 18.   Further information and nomination sheets for the series can be found in the Northfield Park race office or by going to www.northfieldpark.com. The link is near the bottom of Northfield's homepage.   by Ayres Ratliff, for Northfield Park    

Northfield, OH—It was a big night for the harness racing fans at Northfield Park as it played host to the Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park Pinktober “Pace For The Cure” Benefit for the Susan G. Komen Foundation of Northeast Ohio.  Nine female drivers took to the race track to put on a show for a packed house and they did not disappoint.  When the gate swung open Tabatha Canarr sent Dragon Spike right to the top spot as Boxcar (Jayne Weller) and Timewell (Stephanie Huebner) followed in behind going up the backstretch.  Tabatha kept her foot on the gas pedal setting some very honest fractions and had to deal with Hannah Miller and Iwilldowhatido late in the mile.  Canarr admitted that she was a little worried about Miller coming thru the lane, but just got up at the wire. Tonight’s Pace for the Cure was an extension of Pinktober being celebrated this entire month at the Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park. The ladies who participated in tonight’s race were Jayne Weller, Stephanie Huebner, Mary Birkhold, Casey Wolfe, Hannah Miller, Tabatha Canarr, Naquel Harvey, Rosy Weaver, and Rachel Kaneoka. Northfield Park staff and management would like to thank each of these drivers, as well as the owners, trainers and grooms of each of their horses.  Many people participated in this event to help bring awareness to breast cancer through harness racing. As part of the Pinktober fundraising efforts, Northfield Park is making a donation on behalf of these nine drivers.  The donation will support local cancer fighting efforts through the Susan G. Koman Foundation.  By Michael Carter, for Northfield Park

1 to 16 of 833
1 2 3 4 5 Next »